Northern Ireland

North Belfast boy accused of trying to stab mother

A 14-year-old schoolboy has appeared in court accused of trying to stab his mother to death.

He faces charges of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon - a knife - with intent to commit murder.

The teenager was charged following an alleged stabbing incident at a house in north Belfast on June 17.

The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was accompanied by his father for the appearance before the city's youth court.

He spoke only to confirm he understood the allegations against him.

A detective constable said he could connect the accused to the charges.

The court was told medical reports, photographs and phone records expected to form part of the investigation are still outstanding.

No details were given of the alleged incident, or of the woman's injuries.

District Judge George Conner acceded to an eight-week adjournment to allow further progress in the case.

The accused was granted continuing bail to live with his father on conditions which are understood to include having no contact with the alleged victim.