Accused of stabbing man in buttock


A 28-year-old has appeared in court accused of stabbing a man in the shoulder and left buttock.

Michael Andrew Mark Ward, whose address was given on court papers as John Street, is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on April 27.

He is further charged with possessing a large carving knife with intent to commit an indicatable offence.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that staff in Damien House phoned police in the early hours of the morning when the alleged injured party came to their door with a stab wound.

He was taken to hospital and police found a trail of blood to a flat in John Street. In a later examination of the flat, officers allegedly found blood splatters on the walls and floors and signs of a struggle.

They also allegedly discovered two knives. The blade from one of them was broken off the handle and allegedly covered in blood.

Police spoke to the alleged injured party and he claimed he had been in a flat drinking with Ward and his girlfriend. He told police Ward tried to strangle his girlfriend and when he told him to leave her alone Ward grabbed a knife and stabbed him.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said Ward has a history of breaching bail and court orders.

She also told the court police fear the 28-year-old would interfere with witnesses or commit further offences.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said there was an address in Brookdale Crescent available to Ward and some of the witnesses in the case are family members who were in court to support him. He added Ward denies the offences.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail stating the fear of further offences is ‘too great’. Ward will appear in court again via videolink on May 22.