Northern Ireland

Strabane man's neck cut 'protecting sister'

A man was attacked with a bottle as he tried to stop an alleged assault on his sister, the High Court has heard.

It was claimed he was stabbed in the neck and again in the back in a flat in Strabane, County Tyrone.

Charles Foley, 32, of Barrack Street, Strabane, was charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm over the incident on October 18.

He said he acted in self defence. He was granted bail, but was banned from entering Strabane or Sion Mills.

Mr Foley was said to have downed a bottle of Buckfast and up to 30 valium tablets on the day of the attack. The alleged victim said he intervened after seeing Mr Foley grab his sister's hair.

The prosecution said Mr Foley grabbed a bottle and swung it at the victim. When it broke he then allegedly thrust it towards the face and neck of the victim.

The victim suffered a serious throat laceration and other neck and body wounds, one requiring 10 stitches, prosecuting lawyer Fiona O'Kane told the court.

During police interview Mr Foley claimed he passed out on a couch after taking drink and tablets, only to be woken by the alleged victim punching him and holding a bottle.

His barrister said separate arrest warrants have been issued for the injured man and described him as being on-the-run.

When granting bail Lord Justice Coghlin ordered Mr Foley to stay at an address in Eglinton. The judge also directed that he is to have no contact with his partner or their children without approval from social services.