Co Antrim man 'broke into his mother's home to attack two other men' with a 'Rambo-style' knife, court hears
A Co Antrim man allegedly broke into his mother's home to attack two other men with a "Rambo-style" knife, the High Court heard today.
Kelvin Kane, 21, is accused of entering the Portrush house with a friend in the middle of the night and targeting the pair in upstairs bedrooms.
Prosecutors said one man was stabbed in the chest and hip, while the other sustained wounds to his back and rib area.
Kane, of Glenmanus Park in the town, faces charges of aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, two counts of wounding with intent, disorderly behaviour and a common assault on his mother.
The alleged offences were committed at the property on August 3.
He is also accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a third man and criminal damage to a wall at his mother's home in two separate incidents over the preceding 48 hours.
Kane denies carrying out any of the attacks or having the knife at any stage.
During a bail application the court heard he had been told to leave home for punching holes in a plaster board during a row over a Chinese takeaway on August 1.
Conor Gillespie, prosecuting, said Kane returned to the house with a friend at around 3.30am two days later.
Claiming the pair were armed, he added: "I'm told it was a Rambo-style knife with an approximate 5-6 inch blade."
By that stage the alleged victims had gone to bed after spending the evening drinking with the third man, the court heard.
Kane's mother claimed she answered the door and was pushed to the ground but uninjured, according to the prosecution.
Mr Gillespie said two of the men were stabbed upstairs in the house. Neither sustained life-threatening injuries.
The knife allegedly used in the attack has been recovered and sent for forensic testing.
Stephen Toal, defending, claimed Kane went to the house intending to sneak in unnoticed and get his phone and some clothes.
"He was unaware his co-accused had a knife," the barrister stressed.
After hearing details of the alleged attack Mr Justice Burgess said the victims could have suffered far worse wounds.
"Weapons such as this, and blows struck where they were, have all the potential for injuries being infinitely more serious and, indeed, potentially life threatening," he said.
Kane's application for bail was adjourned until forensic results come back on the alleged weapon.
The judge warned: "If I find his DNA on the knife bail will be refused because I would have been misled by what he said that he never touched it."
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