Northern Ireland

Attempted murder accused says he acted in self-defence

Cooke Street, Belfast
Image caption The stabbing happened in the early hours of Sunday morning in Cooke Street

A man charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Belfast claims he acted in self-defence, a court has been told.

Brian Lane also alleged that the wounded man had turned up at his home brandishing a knife, his lawyer said.

Mr Lane, 24, of Cooke Street in the city, is accused of trying to kill the 27-year-old early on Sunday morning.

The victim is critically ill, but stable after being stabbed in the stomach near Mr Lane's house.

A police officer told Belfast Magistrates Court she could connect the accused with the alleged offence.

She confirmed during questioning by defence solicitor Niall O'Neill that the accused had raised self-defence during interviews.

The officer also agreed that Mr Lane claimed the wounded man arrived at his house armed with a knife.

Mr O'Neill told the court his client was not applying for bail at this stage.

Mr Lane was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link in two weeks time.