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Man accused of stabbing wife has his bail hearing adjourned

A man allegedly stabbed his wife of 32 years with a steak knife and then turned the blade on himself saying
A man allegedly stabbed his wife of 32 years with a steak knife and then turned the blade on himself saying "we are going to die together", a court heard yesterday

By Nevin Farrell

A man allegedly stabbed his wife of 32 years with a steak knife and then turned the blade on himself saying "we are going to die together", a court heard yesterday.

Ian Ireland (60), whose address was given as Coleraine Road in Portstewart, was originally charged with attempted murder on December 31, 2018.

He appeared via video-link from Maghaberry Prison at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday to apply for bail.

A prosecutor said a decision had been taken that the matter would proceed to the Crown Court as a charge of grievous bodily harm.

The court heard that police attended an address in Portstewart on New Year's Eve and a woman could be heard shouting for help.

Ireland said he had stabbed his wife on the shoulder and then stabbed himself in the abdomen, saying: "I'm going to end this, we are going to die together," explained the officer.

He had left the house saying he was going to kill himself after his wife declined to celebrate New Year with him as she was on a phone call, the court heard.

Ireland, however, returned and allegedly stabbed his wife after a remark was made that the defendant hadn't done what he said he wanted to do, the court was told.

Defence solicitor Richard Monteith said the couple had been out for a meal and both had had too much to drink.

The court heard that Ireland's wife had blood in her lungs and was in hospital for several days.

A bail application was adjourned and Ireland was further remanded in custody until next week.

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