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A Belfast woman who caused a woman's death when she caused a three vehicle road traffic collision was put on probation for a year yesterday

A Belfast woman who caused a woman's death when she caused a three vehicle road traffic collision was put on probation for a year yesterday

A Belfast woman who caused a woman's death when she caused a three vehicle road traffic collision was put on probation for a year yesterday

A Warrenpoint man charged with an axe attack on his mother's lover has been given bail at Newry Magistrates Court.

Mark Quinn (27) of Ganna Way is charged with attempted murder on October 24 following an "unprovoked attack".

The court was told that the accused had confessed to attacking the man following a number of nights without sleep due to noise from the bedroom.

A PSNI constable, objecting to bail, told the court that the injured man was struck twice with the weapon on the arm as he lay sleeping in bed alongside the defendant's mother at around 8am.

Police went to the house after being alerted by paramedics.

The air ambulance was then tasked to the scene and brought the injured party to the Royal Victoria Hospital for injuries described as serious.

The defendant, who had initially assisted his mother with first aid on her partner, had left the scene in a car. He was found in Newry at 9.25am and arrested.

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During police interview Quinn accepted he had struck the man and said that he later drove to Greencastle and threw the axe into the sea.

Defence barrister Kevin Magill said his client "wants to make things right with his family before returning to custody".

"His mother is keen to have him home. The injuries were not as serious as first thought.

"The bail application was held until the mother's ex-partner could find accommodation, which he has done... a considerable distance away," he said.

The defendant was released on £500 bail with the conditions that he stays at an agreed address in Ganna Way and has no contact with the injured party.


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