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Belfast man to stand trial accused of stabbing man and pushing woman down stairs on Twelfth of July

A Belfast man accused of pushing a woman down stairs and stabbed another man in a drink-fuelled incident is to stand trial, a judge ruled today.

Billy Park had challenged the strength of the case against him over an alleged violent attack at his home during Twelfth of July celebrations last year.

The 40-year-old, of Cliftonpark Avenue in the city, is charged with wounding Paul Stewart with intent to do him grievous bodily harm and assaulting Coleen McNally.

He faces further counts of possessing offensive weapons with intent to commit an indictable offence, two assaults on police and four assaults on civilian detention officers.

Details emerged during preliminary enquiry proceedings as Park's legal team challenged the strength of the case against him.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard claims that he lifted two knives and carried out the stabbing after taking drink.

Ms McNally is also alleged to have told police he pushed her down stairs in the same incident.

However, a judge was told she now claims to be too scared to give evidence at any trial.

Defence barrister Jonathan Browne argued that a statement she gave should not be admitted as hearsay evidence.

Despite agreeing to rule it out, District Judge Fiona Bagnall backed prosecution submissions that Park still has a case to answer.

She granted an application to have the accused returned for Crown Court trial.

Park is expected to remain in custody until that hearing gets underway on a date to be fixed.

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