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Man charged with knife murder bid on top republican

By Alan Erwin

A man has appeared in court accused of trying to kill prominent republican Bobby Tohill during a west Belfast knife attack.

Thomas Valliday (57) is charged with attempted murder and two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent over the alleged multiple stabbing on Tuesday night.

Four people were injured during the incident, including Tohill — who is understood to have suffered neck wounds — a police officer and two others.

Valliday, of Clonard Place, Belfast, is also accused of possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife, in the Falls Road area.

He was released on bail but banned from entering the west of the city.

A public prosecution representative told Belfast Magistrates Court there were serious concerns about possible reoffending.

He said: “It appears that |the accused is on some sort of medication.

“That, connected with alcohol, appears to have been a trigger for these events.

“During interview he told police he had absolutely no recollection of what had happened in relation to all matters.”

Fears were also expressed about potential interference with a witness who lives close to Valliday.

A defence solicitor disputed the strength of the allegations against his client.

He claimed: “There are a litany of gaps and inconsistencies in the case.”

The lawyer also disclosed that Valliday is due to see a neurologist about black-outs he has suffered.

Bail was granted after a detective constable who connected the accused to the charges checked an alternative address with a relative in south Belfast.

District Judge Ken Nixon imposed a night-time curfew on Valliday and directed him to report to police daily.

He also ordered him to have no contact with any witnesses in the case.

Mr Nixon added: “There will be no entry into west Belfast.”

Valliday is due to appear again before the court next week.

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