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Man stabbed nine times in 'frenzied' Belfast attack, High Court told

Belfast High Court
Belfast High Court

By Alan Erwin

A man was stabbed nine times during a "frenzied" attack in Belfast before the suspected knife was thrown into the River Lagan, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors claimed CCTV footage showed 25-year-old Brian Kelly trying to hold onto the blade as a co-accused took it from his grasp.

Kelly, with an address at Connsbrook Avenue in the city, denies a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm over the incident on August 22 last year.

Street fighting was said to have broken out in the Laganbank Road area after men had attempted to force their way into a nearby flat.

A Crown lawyer alleged that mobile phone recordings by a member of the public depicted Brian Kelly repeatedly stab and kick the victim on the ground.

She contended that CCTV images from the same night also showed him in possession of a knife on the city's Albert Bridge.

A co-accused can then allegedly be seen to take the blade and throw it into the River Lagan.

"It's noted that Brian Kelly appears to try to hold onto it," the lawyer submitted.

With four men arrested over the stabbing, the prosecution argued that Brian Kelly is forensically linked through blood found on his footwear.

His Honour Judge Grant was told the victim sustained nine stab wounds, including a punctured lung which had to be drained.

Opposing bail, the prosecutor claimed the alleged knifing showed the accused poses a risk to the public.

"Police view this as a preplanned and frenzied attack which was fortunate the stab wounds didn't claim the life of the injured party," she said.

Counsel further claimed Kelly had taken drink and drugs at the time of the incident.

"He was seen walking into a lamppost on the CCTV," she added.

Kelly Doherty, defending, argued that the accused should be released based on the nine months he has spent behind bars.

She also cited a reduction in the original charge of attempted murder, and work-related certificates Kelly has obtained while in custody.

"This man has taken every opportunity he can to prove himself," Ms Doherty insisted.

Refusing bail, however, Judge Grant pointed out: "If proven it was undoubtedly a very serious attack."

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