Police investigating an attempted murder - during which a man was stabbed in the chest with a broken bottle - believe the victim may have been targeted by mistake, it emerged yesterday.
The theory of mistaken identity was highlighted during a bail application made by one of two men accused of charges arising from an early morning incident in the Lisburn Road area of Belfast last Thursday.
Appearing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates Court were 22-year old Emmanuel Henry, from Eliza Street Terrace in the Markets area of Belfast, and James Day, also aged 22, from Knockbreda Drive in the Rosetta area of the city.
Both men are accused of attempting to murder the 33-year-old victim at a flat in Dunluce Avenue, south Belfast, on July 2.
The victim was stabbed with a broken bottle which missed his heart by around 5mm.
He also sustained a laceration to his arm which could impair the use of the limb on a long-term basis.
Henry and Day appeared in the dock separately and were each charged with attempted murder and aggravated burglary.
The second charge relates to breaking into the property at Dunluce Avenue and stealing a mobile phone and card reader while in possession of a broken bottle.
When Henry appeared, his solicitor told the court there was no question of his client requesting bail at this stage. Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded him into custody.
Ms Bagnall agreed to grant Day bail but imposed a series of conditions, which include a 9pm to 7am curfew.
Both will appear before the same court again in four weeks' time.