Northern Ireland

Stab victim 'lucky to be alive'

A man who was stabbed in John Street in Londonderry on Wednesday is "lucky to be alive", the city's magistrates court has heard.

Jason Michael Grint, 22, from John Street, appeared in court on Friday charged with attempted murder. He denies the charge.

The court heard that bail was opposed because of fears the accused would interfere with the injured party.

The defendant was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned.

A police officer told the court CCTV footage showed the defendant and the injured party together with a third man in the city centre on Wednesday.

She said the incident was linked to an ongoing feud between their families which started when the defendent's brother died in March.

She said the defendant and the injured party had been drinking in the defendant's flat, and the injured party claimed that during an argument the defendant grabbed a knife and pushed his head back before slitting his throat.

The police officer said the inured party's throat was cut "from ear to ear", and the knife missed a vital artery by only a few millimetres.

The officer also said the injured party was a "vulnerable person", and had also sustained two puncture wounds to the chest as well as and cuts to his finger and thumb.

Defence solicitor Dermot Walker said there were no witnesses and that it was the injured party, not his client, who had been the aggressor.

He also said the CCTV footage showed the injured party holding a knife.

Deputy District Judge James McFarland said the injured party had sustained "savage" injuries, and refused bail.

The case is due in court again in December.