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West Belfast stabbing: Care assistant 'tried to kill her partner' after night out

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The man was found lying in Conway Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The man was found lying in Conway Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The man was found lying in Conway Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A care assistant allegedly stabbed her partner in the back and shoulder after a night out in Belfast, a court heard today.

Lorraine McBride faces a charge of attempting to murder David McCombe at her home in the west of the city early on Sunday morning.

Mr McCombe, 57, was said to have suffered a fractured rib, punctured lung and needed a blood transfusion for an arterial wound.

He was taken to hospital after being found lying in the Conway Street area.

McBride, 45, of Wilton Street, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court accused of trying to kill him in the alleged attack.

A judge was told the couple had gone out together on Saturday night, but separated following a row.

It was claimed that McBride arrived home in a taxi to find Mr McCombe sitting in his car.

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According to a defence solicitor the alleged stabbing occurred after she was grabbed by the hair.

He described Mr McCombe as his client's "on-off ex-partner".

Opposing bail, a detective constable claimed the couple's relationship involved episodes of violence.

The officer detailed a previous incident where McBride alleged she was slapped so hard to the head that her ear-drum burst.

Seeking her release, the defence lawyer stressed that Mr McCombe lives miles away in the Rathcoole Estate.

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall adjourned the hearing until Tuesday to allow further efforts to secure living arrangements that will keep the couple apart.

She told McBride's defence: "Whatever you put as a proposal they cannot be able to get together."


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