MAN FACES COURT ON STAB MURDER BID CHARGE

A man is remanded in custody at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court charged with attempted murder

A man is remanded in custody at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court charged with attempted murder

A man has been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with stabbings linked to a feud.

Jason Spence, of Lakeside Gardens, Dungannon, Co Tyrone was charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent.

A police officer told a court he believed it was the result of a feud between two rival factions in Cookstown.

The 23-year-old told police that the two injured men were part of a group he was trying to get out of a house.

A 20-year-old man, Timothy Price, was found bleeding heavily after being stabbed in the head in William Street around 2.30 am on Saturday morning, Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

A witness named Spence to police as the alleged attacker after after claiming to have seen him drawing a knife from under his jumper.

An hour later, a police patrol was called to a fight in Milburn Street involving four men.

Officers found a a man his 20s, Adrian Forsythe, nearby with multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and back.

The accused read a prepared statement to police that said he was visiting his father’s house when a group of 12 men came in armed with knives.

He claimed he was involved in getting the men out of the property, and that the two men, who were injured, were part of the group.

The district judge said they were serious matters and that the use of knives was particularly worrying.

Mr Spence will appear by video link at Dungannon Magistrate’s Court on 23 October.

Seven other men arrested over the incidents have been released on bail while the police investigation continues.

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