Attempted murder accused granted bail at Derry court house

Bishop street Courthouse
Bishop street Courthouse

A 44-year-old man accused of attempted murder has been released on bail and banned from entering the city.

John Paul O’Rourke, whose address was given on court papers as Canterbury Park, faces a total of eight offences relating to an alleged incident in the Summer Meadows Park area of the Waterside on July 20.

They include attempted murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill and possessing a knife.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that the injured party sustained two collapsed lungs after being stabbed three times in the back.

It was alleged that O’Rourke was socialising the injured party and other witnesses and they ended up back at the man’s home in Summer Meadows.

An argument allegedly ensued and the 44-year-old got involved.

At one point the injured party ended up on the floor and O’Rourke allegedly kicked him to the head.

It is alleged that later in the incident O’Rourke approached the injured party, head butted him and stabbed him.

Police opposed bail for fear of further offences and interference with witnesses.

An investigating officer also claimed there was a risk of flight, as O’Rourke is originally from Limerick.

District Judge Barney McElholm released O’Rourke on his own bail of £1,000, with a surety of £500 to reside in Park. He ordered the 44-year-old to have no contact with the injured party or witnesses, not to consume alcohol or non-prescribed drugs and not to enter the city of Derry.

O’Rourke will appear in court again in Limavady on September 10.