Northern Ireland

Man in court over double murder attempt in Portadown

Garvaghy road, scene where man was assaulted, 13 August 2017
Image caption The attack happened on the town's Garvaghy Road

A 50-year-old man been remanded in custody after being charged with the attempted murder of two men in Portadown at the weekend.

The men, aged 22 and 25, were assaulted on the Garvaghy Road in the County Armagh town in the early hours of Sunday. Both suffered head injuries.

Francis Patrick McNally of Carnreagh, in Craigavon, appeared before Lisburn Magistrates court.

He is also charged with having an offensive weapon, listed as a crowbar.

Mr McNally faces a further charge of causing grievous bodily injury to one of the men by dangerous driving.

When asked if he understood the charges, he replied: "I do."

Image caption A burned-out car was found on the Drumnagoon Road

The two men were attacked by a gang carrying weapons.

Police said a burned-out car, believed to be related to the assault, was later found on the Drumnagoon Road.

The accused will appear again on 1 September. His defence lawyer said he hoped he would have an address by then so that his client could then apply for bail.