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Man stabbed in head and back during row, court told

A man was stabbed in the back and head after going to the aid of two sisters during a row, the High Court has heard.

The victim, aged 28, suffered a collapsed lung in the knifing outside the home of the alleged attacker.

John Francis Finnegan (26) faces a charge of attempted murder over the incident in west Belfast on February 21.

Finnegan was granted bail to live outside Belfast on condition that he has no contact with the injured man or witnesses in the case.

The court heard violence flared after he arrived at his Clondara Street home without his keys and broke a window in a bid to get inside.

Finnegan is alleged to have argued with his girlfriend before her sister called her own partner to come and help.

Crown counsel Barry Valentine claimed the victim was stabbed three times in the back and once in the head with a knife taken from the kitchen.

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A defence lawyer contended, however, that eyewitness evidence suggests the victim “struck the first blow” during the encounter.

He further claimed that the injured man, who was a neighbour, was banging on Finnegan's door to gain entry.

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