Woman accused of attempted murder

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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.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the injured party sustained a 10cm 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 there is a domestic violence history between the couple and Johnston is currently on bail for other alleged assaults on her boyfriend.

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

On Tuesday it is alleged the couple had been drinking and had an argument about money.

The injured party smashed a portable TV on the ground and the 27-year-old 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 is alleged the defendant has a ‘history of self harm’ and they took them 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, 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 she allows him to come to her home despite bail conditions.

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 if there is any contact with the man she will be remanded in custody.

She will appear in court again on March 4.