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Belfast woman accused of stabbing ex-boyfriend to stand trial

By Alan Erwin

A woman is to stand trial accused of stabbing her ex-boyfriend at a flat in east Belfast, a judge ordered.

Sonya Johnston, 36, appeared before the city's Magistrates Court charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A co-defendant, 23-year-old James McMahon, stood in the dock alongside her accused of the same offence.

The charge against them relates to an incident on January 7 this year.

A previous court heard a man was allegedly stabbed in the shoulder at a property in the Newtownards Road area.

Johnston, with an address on Belfast's Ormeau Road, and McMahon, from Galway Street in the city, appeared together for preliminary enquiry.

Neither accused gave evidence or called witnesses during the hearing.

Defence lawyers did not dispute prosecution submissions that their clients have a case to answer.

On that basis District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application to have the defendants returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed.

Releasing them on continuing bail, Mrs Bagnall declined to lift an alcohol prohibition for Johnston.

Her barrister argued it was to ensure equality with the co-accused.

But police opposed the suggested variation in her bail terms, claiming alcohol was a factor in the alleged offence.

The judge confirmed: "I'm returning her to the Crown Court on the same terms."

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