Trio charged in Cleary Crescent attempted murder probe

June 10, 2019

A 15-year-old boy and a man aged 24 have been charged with attempted murder following a brutal attack on a man in Cleary Crescent in the early hours of Tuesday 28th May.

Adam Boswell (26) was stabbed and beaten with a hammer before being thrown from a first floor balcony in the incident on May 28th.  He sustained serious injuries in the assault.  

John Joseph McMahon (24) of Lush Park, Lisburn and a 15-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Banbridge Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, on Monday last, charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hammer and a wheel brace.  McMahon was further charged with possession of a Class C drug, namely cannabis while the teenager was charged with possession of a Class C drug, namely Pregablin.

It brings to three the number of people charged in relation to the same incident as a 17-year-old male appeared in court on Thursday 30th May charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hammer and a brush shaft.  

The court heard how, having been called at 12.20am, police “arrived quickly” at the scene to see three males running off.  The 17-year-old was found hiding in undergrowth and detained close to the scene, while the others – who police believe were the males aged 15 and 24 – fled.

Outlining the incident, the detective constable revealed that although the victim has not yet provided a formal statement, he told police that he had been drinking in his flat with the three accused when a row erupted “over the terminology used to refer to members of the Travelling community”.

Mr Boswell was then stabbed with a steak knife by the 17-year-old before McMahon and the teenager allegedly “repeatedly beat him with a hammer and a knife”.

“Adam Boswell alleges that all three lifted him by the legs and threw him over the balcony to the concrete path below, a distance of some 15 feet,” the detective constable explained, and added that all three then made their way downstairs “where they continued to attack him”.

Witnesses who came to intervene told police they saw a wheel brace being produced “and waved around” before the assailants ran off.

McMahon and the 15-year-old were arrested at a property in Newry on May 31st when the drugs were also allegedly uncovered.

Describing how there was “blood dripping from the balcony”, the officer told the court: “This was a serious incident resulting in potentially life threatening injuries after he was hit in the head with a hammer, beaten, stabbed and then thrown from a balcony to the concrete below.”

District Judge Paul Copeland remanded McMahon and the 15-year-old into custody to appear again on June 26th via videolink.

The 17-year-old is due to appear in court again this Wednesday 12th June.  A 29-year-old man arrested and questioned over the incident has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.