Belfast Telegraph

Attempted murder charge after Craigavon man stabbed in neck

By Michelle Weir

A 69-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing near Craigavon.

The attack occurred at Derrytrasna Lane in Derrytrasna on Monday night.

The injured man, named locally as Cormac McGeown, was stabbed in the neck, face and abdomen.

He is aged in his mid-50s.

Police have stated that his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. It is understood that the victim, a married man with a young family, had been suffering from ill health in recent years.

The man charged in connection to the stabbing will appear at Craigavon Magistrates Court today.

He has been charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent.

The charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

SDLP councillor Declan McAlinden described the incident as "unheard of" in the quiet hamlet.

He said that the victim was a "highly regarded man from a large, respectable family".

He added: "People woke up to the shock news of this incident.

"It is totally out of character for this community. The whole community is in shock, especially coming up to Christmas.

"The victim is a hard-working man, a labourer. I just wish the victim a speedy recovery."

Detective Inspector Harvey said: "Police responded to a report of an altercation at an address at approximately 7.40pm and found a man, aged in his 50s, had been stabbed several times. The victim sustained wounds to his neck, face and abdomen during the attack, which we believed took place outside the address.

"The man was taken to hospital for injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening at this time. A 69-year-old man was subsequently arrested."

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