Belfast Telegraph

Man accused of trying to stab sister's neighbour is banned from Antrim

Alan Erwin

A man accused of trying to stab his sister's neighbour to death during a drink-fuelled house party in Antrim is banned from entering the town, a High Court judge ordered on Friday, June 2.

The prohibition was imposed on Paul Catherwood, 27, as he was granted bail on a charge of attempting to murder the other man last weekend.

He allegedly inflicted knife five wounds with a suspected meat cleaver-style blade when violence flared outside adjoining houses on Rathmore Gardens in the early hours of May 27.

Prosecutors said the victim underwent surgery after one blow punctured his chest, damaging vessels close to his heart and causing injuries regarded at one stage as life-threatening.

Catherwood, of Mourne View Park in Lisburn, is also accused of slashing at two women during the incident.

He claims to have acted in self-defence after being attacked with a hammer at the scene.

According to a Crown lawyer the stab victim's partner discovered him in the garden.

"She said she observed Paul Catherwood jumping over the fence separating the two properties, and that he had a knife in his hand likened to a meat cleaver," the prosecutor contended.

It was a complete drink-fuelled maul outside the property. - barrister

But Mark Farrell, defending, claimed his client was targeted after his sister's windows were smashed.

"It was a complete drink-fuelled maul outside the property," the barrister said.

"The applicant accepts that in self-defence, having also been attacked with this hammer, he believes he stabbed the complainant once."

Mr Justice O'Hara heard Catherwood had drunk three-four beers and six vodkas, but told police he was "not paralytic".

It was also stressed that no long-running feud exists between the two sides.

Granting bail, the judge said his decision was based on the accused living well away from the scene.

He ordered: "(Catherwood) is to be excluded from Antrim town and he is not to approach, speak to or have any contact with the injured party or any member of his family." ends


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