Derry woman in court on attempted murder charge

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 27-year-old woman has appeared in court accused of attempting to murder her boyfriend.

Catriona Josephine Johnston, of Dunvale Close, faces one charge of attempted murder on February 10 last.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the injured party sustained a 10 centimetre deep wound which punctured his left lung and narrowly missed his heart.

He is currently in Altnagelvin Hospital where he is ventilated and stable.

The court heard allegations of a history of domestic violence between the couple and Johnston is currently on bail for other alleged assaults on her boyfriend.

It was claimed one of these incidents includes an allegation that she stabbed the injured party in the leg with a screwdriver.

The court was told that, on Tuesday of this week, the couple had allegedly been drinking and had an argument about money.

The injured party is said to have smashed a portable TV on the ground while the 27-year-old accused allegedly barricaded herself in a bedroom.

The court heard the injured party and another man in the flat got into the bedroom and found Johnston with a pizza cutter and a knife.

It was alleged the defendant has a ‘history of self harm’ and the men took the implements off her.

She then allegedly came out of the bedroom with another knife and the injured party picked up a wine bottle to ‘defend himself’.

He shouted at her to put the knife down and she allegedly lunged at him, stabbing him in the left side of his chest.

During police interview, the court was told, Johnston accepted she had stabbed the man.

However, she allegedly told police she ‘did not feel the knife going in’ and had ‘no intention to stab him’.

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

An investigating officer said the injured party ‘won’t stay away’ from Johnston and that she allows him to come to her home, despite bail conditions.

The officer said alcohol was an issue for Johnston and she had not had any treatment since October last year.

The officer confirmed that the 27-year-old was ‘very apologetic’ during interview and ‘regrets the incident’.

District Judge Barney McElholm released Johnston on bail ‘with some trepidation’.

She was released on her own bail of £1,000 and banned from consuming alcohol or non-prescribed drugs.

Johnston is also banned from having any contact with the alleged injured party and from entering the Waterside at any time.

Judge McElholm warned her that, if there was any contact with the man, she would be remanded in custody.

She will appear in court again on March 4.