Northern Ireland

Belfast: Man, 24, charged over stabbing near Boucher Road

Police officers at McDonalds on Glenmachan Street in Belfast

A man has appeared in court accused of causing grievous bodily harm following a stabbing in the Boucher Road area of Belfast on Boxing Day.

John McKee, 24, of Clonavogie Gardens in Belfast, was refused bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The stabbing happened at about 14:00 GMT on Thursday at Glenmachan Street.

The alleged victim suffered three stab wounds, two to the torso and one to the leg. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Although no weapon has been recovered, the court heard that a sheath for a hunting knife was later found in Mr McKee's home.

Forensic tests are to be carried out on the injured man's wounds to see if they are consistent with that type of blade, police confirmed.

Defence solicitor Philip Breen insisted his client "didn't bring a knife to a fight" and said the injured party has a history of having weapons.

District Judge Amanda Henderson refused bail due to the risk of any further offences.