Man accused of stabbing ex-partner’s boyfriend in head is refused bail

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A man allegedly broke into his ex-partner’s home to slice and stab her new boyfriend in the head, the High Court heard today.

William Young inflicted knife wounds with a 6” serrated blade as the victim lay semi-conscious after being kicked and punched to the ground, it was claimed.

He faces charges of attempted murder and burglary over the alleged attack in Limavady, Co Derry last week.

Young, 28, of Glenmore Gardens in the town, was refused bail.

Police found the 20-year-old victim lying in a hallway of a house in the Coolessan Walk area, bleeding profusely from head wounds, early on March 19.

They arrested Young at a nearby property along with a second man who faces separate charges in connection with the attack.

Both had bloodstained clothing, with Young’s hands and arms also covered in blood, the court heard.

He is alleged to have launched the attack after going into his ex-partner’s house and saying he wanted to be friends with her and her new boyfriend.

Prosecution counsel claimed the co-accused then entered and both men started punching and kicking the victim.

It was alleged that the woman tried to stop the assault, only to be pushed away.

She claimed Young grabbed the knife and went over to her semi-conscious boyfriend.

The prosecution lawyer added: “She stated that she saw William Young slice the injured party to the head and then stick the knife into his head.”

The victim, who was said to have tried to defend himself during the struggle, suffered four large lacerations to the scalp and cuts to his hands.

Young told police he was drunk at the time but claimed to have tried to help the wounded man.

A defence barrister argued that he could be released without fear of interference with witnesses who have now moved out of Limavady.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Deeny said it was lucky the alleged attack did not prove fatal.

The judge added: “It was a particularly vicious assault taking place in a domestic setting.”