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The 35-year-old man was granted bail on Tuesday. (PA)

The 35-year-old man was granted bail on Tuesday. (PA)

The 35-year-old man was granted bail on Tuesday. (PA)

A man allegedly slashed a stranger with a broken bottle during random attacks in north Belfast, a court has heard.

Bernard Morey, 35, is accused of inflicting lacerations to the victim’s hand as he tried to defend himself.

Morey, of Parkville Court in the city, faces charges of possessing an offensive weapon in public, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault in connection with incidents on March 29.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard claims that he approached a woman outside a restaurant on the Antrim Road, carrying a broken bottle.

Morey allegedly swung the bottle at her and shouted: “Did you tell me to f*** off?”

He then got into a row with a group of people at a nearby service station, according to the prosecution.

It was claimed that he swung the broken bottle at one man who put his hand up in self-defence, but sustained lacerations which required a number of stitches.

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Opposing Morey’s application for bail, a PSNI constable contended that he posed a risk to the public.

“These people weren’t known to him,” she said.

“It was just unprovoked attacks on random strangers.”

With Morey described as a self-confessed drug addict, concerns were also expressed about his mental health.

Defence barrister Amy Kinney stressed he is attempting to secure help at a treatment centre.

Bail was granted under conditions, with the case adjourned to next month.

District Judge Alana McSorley warned Morey: “This is your last opportunity. You must adhere to the terms.”


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