Ex-soldier Karl Elkington accused of trying to stab neighbour is remanded in custody
A former soldier accused of trying to stab his neighbour to death must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.
Karl Elkington (30) was seeking bail on charges of attempted murder and possessing a knife with intent.
The ex-serviceman, who completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been in custody since the alleged attack in Bangor, Co Down in September.
A 57-year-old man suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at a flat on Dufferin Avenue. Elkington is claiming he acted in self-defence, said his lawyer.
Elkington, with an address at Dufferin Avenue in Bangor, faces a further charge of assault on police.
It was claimed that he should be released due to the length of time spent in custody.
But Mr Justice Maguire refused bail after being told a preliminary enquiry hearing is scheduled for April 1.