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Newtownabbey attempted murder accused to stand trial

By Alan Erwin

A man is to stand trial accused of trying to murder a pensioner and two women in a knife attack, a judge ruled.

Craig Binnie will also face charges of wounding another man and woman during the same incident in Newtownabbey. The 42-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court in connection with alleged multiple stabbings carried out late last year.

Paramedics were called to the scene at two neighbouring homes in Ballyduff Gardens on December 30. Binnie, originally from Scotland but with an address at Tynan Drive in Newtownabbey, is charged with the attempted murders of pensioner Samuel Gaynor, Angela Bell and Nancy McDowell.

He is further accused of wounding Lisa Donaghy and wounding Robert McDowell with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

A sixth charge against him relates to possessing offensive weapons with intent to commit the offence of attempted murder.

Binnie was returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed. With bail not sought, he was returned to custody until that hearing gets under way.

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