Northern Ireland

Man charged over nurse stabbing in Omagh

A man accused of stabbing a young woman in the head in Omagh, County Tyrone, has appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

Stephen McCrea, 31, of Riverview Park, Omagh, pleaded not guilty to the charge at Dungannon Crown Court.

Nurse Tracey Monteith was attacked on 8 August last year.

Mr McCrea was remanded back into custody, with his case listed again for next month before Omagh Crown Court.

The case was among 40 listed before the court on Thursday as solicitors lifted their ban on dealing with legal-aid cases following their dispute with Justice Minister David Ford.

Judge David McFarland told defence lawyer Ian Turkington that he would grant a legal-aid certificate for two counsel, however, he would not fix a date for any possible trial at this stage.

No details surrounding the knife attack were given to the court, although at the time it was reported that Ms Monteith was left critically wounded after the stabbing at her home at Cappagh Villas near Omagh.

Ms Monteith had recently moved to the area and was stabbed once in the head with a knife after she had answered a knock to the door of her new home where she was hosting a house-warming party.