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Ex-athlete is charged with knife murder bid on woman

By Adrian Rutherford

A once promising athlete has been remanded in custody charged with attempting to murder a woman in a stabbing incident at her home.

Adam Ingram, previously a talented middle-distance runner, waved at friends when he appeared in the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday.

He is charged with attempting to murder Shauneen Dowds.

The 26-year-old was stabbed multiple times after being attacked at her home in the Glenrosa Link area of north Belfast on Tuesday morning.

Ingram (20), of Deacon Street in the city, is further charged with aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

It is alleged that Ingram entered the woman's home as a trespasser armed with a knife.

Ingram was dressed in jeans and a black and white checked shirt during his brief appearance in the dock.

He spoke only to confirm that he understood the charges.

A PSNI constable said he believed he could connect Ingram to the charges.

No application was made for bail. Ingram was remanded in custody and is due to reappear via videolink on September 25.

The court heard Ingram is currently on benefits and an application for legal aid was granted.

As he left the dock, Ingram again waved and raised his thumb to three males sitting in the public gallery.

Ms Dowds is understood to be in a stable condition in hospital.

She suffered multiple injuries in the attack at her Glenrosa Link home, shortly before 7am on Tuesday.

According to neighbours, the victim ran to a nearby house for help after being attacked.

One neighbour described how she was confronted with a horrific scene after the heavily-bleeding woman appeared at her front door.

"She was covered in blood and I just looked at her and thought, 'Oh my God'," she said.

"She was holding her neck and there were big cuts to her arm from where she tried to defend herself.

"There were young children awake and they saw it too. It was awful." The neighbour said that she was left feeling helpless. "She took her hand off her neck and there was all this blood over my step," she added.

"I was thinking, 'What do I do? Who's awake at this time of night to help'. Someone around the corner was able to call for help."

Ingram has been described as a once brilliant runner. He was part of Irish training camps. He also held an 800 metres record at his level and he had been under consideration for a future championship.

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