Northern Ireland

American honeymooner in court over Ballycarry stabbings

Nicholas Keith Warner ARRIVES IN COURT
Image caption Nicholas Keith Warner had been due to return to the US from his NI honeymoon on Wednesday

An American electrical engineer on honeymoon has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder three men in County Antrim.

Nicholas Warner, 31, from Summerville in South Carolina, walked into court using crutches having allegedly broken his leg in the incident.

He was charged after three men were stabbed in a fight outside a bar in Ballycarry.

It happened at about 01:00 BST on Saturday in Main Street.

Mr Warner faces six charges, including three attempted murder charges, possessing a knife, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing affray.

He accepts having a knife and causing the injuries, but will argue he acted in self-defence, his solicitor told Limavady Magistrates' Court.

'Self-defence'

The accused, who was accompanied in court by his wife, was in Northern Ireland on honeymoon and had been due to return to the US on Wednesday.

He said the case will be contested on the grounds of using "reasonable force".

Two of the alleged victims were aged in their 30s and one was in his 60s.

Mr Warner was released on bail and ordered to surrender his passport.

He is due in court again next month.