Cage fighter stabbed as he shook hands - court told

A cage fighter was stabbed repeatedly after agreeing to shake hands with a Derry man who had swung a punch at him, the High Court heard this week.

Prosecutors claimed the victim was felled by knife wounds and forced to protect himself as his alleged attacker lunged again at his chest.

He suffered a total of four stab wounds to the upper body during the incident in the Creggan area of Derry.

Adrian McGinley was charged with attempted murder following the attack in April.

The 23-year-old, from Creggan Heights in Derry, had been granted bail but banned from entering the city as part of his release conditions.

As he applied for a variation to allow him a limited return to see his mother and girlfriend, a Crown lawyer said police were opposed to the move.

Fiona O’Kane, prosecuting, said the victim claimed to have encountered McGinley after he arrived to meet friends at Creggan shops.

It was alleged that the accused started goading him because of his involvement in cage fighting.

Mrs O’Kane claimed McGinley swung a punch at the victim during an altercation, left the scene and returned 15 minutes later to ask if he was alright.

“The applicant is alleged to have asked the injured party to shake on it,” she said.

“When the injured party gave the applicant his hand the applicant then (allegedly) pulled the injured party close to him and stabbed him twice.”

The victim fell to the ground and rolled over onto his side to protect himself as another attempt was made to stab him, it was claimed.

Mrs O’Kane contended it had been a premeditated attack.

After hearing details the judge refused to vary McGinley’s bail conditions.

Mr Justice McLaughlin stated: “The restriction on his liberty is both necessary and proportionate.”