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Man 'knifed pal for being late'

A man stabbed his lifelong friend for being late collecting him on a night out, the High Court heard.

Mark Sell armed himself with two knives and chased the victim round his car before inflicting multiple wounds, prosecutors claimed.

A judge was told he launched the attack on Mark McKeown after taking umbrage at the 10-minute delay. Prosecution counsel Philip Henry said: "The injured party is (now) petrified of the defendant."

Sell (25), of Laburnum Park in Dunmurry, faces a total of nine charges connected to the alleged attack on the outskirts of west Belfast.

Declan Quinn, defending, argued that the most serious charge of grievous bodily harm may not be maintained. Adjourning the bail variation hearing, Lord Justice Coghlin ordered further medical evidence and a statement about Sell's circumstances.

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