City stabbing: Man charged with attempted murder

July 28, 2014

A 57-year-old man appeared in court on Saturday charged with attempted murder following the stabbing of a man in a house in Newry in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The 27-year-old victim sustained stab injuries to his chest during the attack in a house in Carnagh Park.  His condition has stabilised though remains serious.

The suspect, who was also treated for stab injuries to his leg, was arrested soon afterwards.  Investigating detectives say they are treating the assault as a domestic incident.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 3am on Thursday, after receiving a report that a man had been found with serious stab wounds to his chest.

The end-of-terrace property, in the Warrenpoint Road area of the city, was temporarily sealed off on Friday as a full forensic team from the PSNI carried out an examination.

A neighbour in the quiet residential area described said she was shocked at the attack as the area was usually very quiet and said that everyone was praying for the injured man to make a full recovery.

Another resident echoed those sentiments saying: “I hope the victim gets better.”

SDLP Councillor Kevin McAteer said people in the area were “understandably shocked and horrified” at what he called “a very concerning and troubling incident.”

“People are quite rightly shocked at what has happened because the Carnagh Park area is generally very quiet, where a lot of young families live” said Mr McAteer.

The councillor, who is also a youth worker in Newry, added: “This is not the image we want to relay to our children that a situation should be resolved by the use of a knife or a weapon.”

He appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.