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Northern Ireland murder bid charge pensioner Hanna remanded into custody

A Northern Ireland pensioner has been remanded into custody accused of attempted murder.

Standing in the dock of Craigavon Magistrates Court, 69-year-old Russell Hanna was charged with trying to kill a man, wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and possessing a weapon, namely a Stanley knife, at Derrytrasna Lane in the town on 18 December this year.

Hanna, with an address at Derrytrasna Lane, spoke only to confirm that he understood the three charges against him while a Detective Constable testified that he believed he could connect the defendant to the offences.

The charges arise from an incident at Derrytrasna Lane in Derrytrasna on Monday, December 18, when the victim was stabbed in the neck, face and abdomen.

Appealing for information and witnesses to come forward, a police spokesperson said at the time that although hurt his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

In court on Wednesday, December 20,  the DC described the charges as “very serious,” adding that as regards any potential bail application, Hanna lives close to witnesses so there maybe a risk of him interfering with the investigation.

Defence solicitor Peter Murphy said he would not be mounting a bail application but there was a potential bail address in Lisburn.

Remanding Hanna into custody, Deputy District Judge Joe Rice ordered him to appear again on Friday, December 22 via videolink.

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