Attempted murder charge over city stabbing

September 9, 2013

A man is to appear in court today (Monday) charged with the attempted murder of a teenager in Newry on Friday.

The 19-year-old victim remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

The incident occurred in Edward Street, close to the city centre, around 8.45pm on Friday when the teenager was seriously injured in the knife attack.    It’s believed he was walking to his home nearby when his assailant ran out of a house and stabbed him in a completely unprovoked attack.

Having initially been taken to Daisy Hill Hospital by ambulance, the victim was later transferred for treatment at Craigavon Area Hospital, such were the extent of his injuries.

Councillor Jackie Patterson described the incident as “deeply worrying”.

“That is not the first stabbing to happen on that street.  These kind of incidents are deeply worrying and upsetting for everyone in Newry,” he said.

“Even during the Troubles Newry was always a very welcoming and safe city but now you are hearing of people being afraid to leave their homes at night.

“I hope that young lad makes a full recovery and my thoughts are with him and his family,” he added.

Police said a 24-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in relation to the attack and is scheduled to appear before Newry Magistrates Court on Monday.  He has also been charged with possession of a blade in a public place.