Man accused of stabbing woman in head

Published Friday, 22 August 2014
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A woman was allegedly stabbed in the head after an all-day vodka drinking session, the High Court has heard.

Man accused of stabbing woman in head
McCullough was refused bail at the High Court on Friday. (© UTV)

She claimed a friend attacked her with a kitchen knife at his apartment block in east Belfast after being refused her bank card, prosecutors said.

Ronald McCullough, 30, denies charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon over the incident on 8 August.

During a failed bail application the accused and alleged victim were described as "an explosive combination".

A judge also heard claims that the woman previously fired a crossbow at McCullough.

Police went to the scene of the alleged knifing at McCullough's address on St John's Close after receiving a 999 call from her.

Fiona O'Kane, prosecuting, said the woman was hysterical, claiming she had been stabbed in the head and blood was pouring from the wound.

A next-door neighbour also phoned the PSNI to say she had arrived injured at his home.

"The injured party went to hospital where she received stitches," Mrs O'Kane told the court.

She said she and the applicant had been drinking vodka all day and began to argue.

It was claimed that the woman went to lie down, only for McCullough to demand her bank card.

According to her account at the time he produced the knife and attacked her when she refused.

However, Mr Justice Weatherup was told the alleged victim no longer wants to make a statement of complaint.

Defence counsel Mark Farrell said she has since visited his client in custody.

Claiming the woman's new position weakened the prosecution case, the barrister added: "The two parties are effectively an explosive combination."

But ruling that she would be at risk if McCullough was released, the judge refused bail.

© UTV News
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two jokes in belfast wrote (163 days ago):
what two pillars of society we have here, she fire a crossbow at him and he stabs her in the head, what great friends they are.
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