Belfast hatchet attack accused is refused bail
A man charged with attempted murder over a hatchet attack in north Belfast has failed in a renewed bid to be released on bail.
Piaras Devenney (26) is accused of taking part in a drink-fuelled assault at Glenrosa Link in the early hours of June 25.
A 34-year-old man was said to have been struck on the head, sustaining cuts and swelling to the brain.
Devenney, of Rosemount Gardens in the city, is one of two men charged with his attempted murder.
Although he was previously granted bail, police must approve his living arrangements before he can get out of custody.
With two proposed addresses both deemed unsuitable, Devenney went to the High Court yesterday in a bid to vary that condition.
Police opposed Devenney returning to his home on the grounds that it is too close to the scene of the incident.
Defence barrister Jonathan Connolly insisted Devenney claims he took no part in the altercation between others at Glenrosa Link.
Refusing the application, Mr Justice Deeny backed the police assessment of that address.