A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder bid on a defenceless mother in her own home.
Stephen McFarlane faced Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for a first remand hearing.
He was formally charged last night at Musgrave PSNI station with attempted murder following the stabbing of the woman in Newtownabbey last week.
The 33-year-old was arrested last Friday on the Newtownards Road after police cornered his white Audi sports car as it drove down a dead end street.
The 26-year-old victim was seriously assaulted in the Ashgrove Road area off the Carnmoney Road on Wednesday, January 13.
Along with the attempted murder charge, McFarlane was also charged with breach of a non-molestation order, burgling the woman’s home with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, two counts of theft and four other offences.
Bail was not applied for and McFarlane was remanded in custody to Maghaberry prison.
He will appear back in court next month by video link.
It is alleged that when he was taken from the dock by prison officers there was a brief exchange of words between him relatives of the stabbed woman.
As is normal procedure, all charges faced by McFarlane will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.