Pair deny 'family feud' murder attempt

Published Friday, 20 June 2014
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Two members of the travelling community have denied trying to kill another man last year as part of an alleged family feud.

Pair deny 'family feud' murder attempt
The men appeared before court on Friday and deny the charges. (© UTV)

In the dock at Belfast Crown Court on Friday for their arraignment hearing were William Mongan, 29 and of Bleach Green, Belfast and Thomas Gerard McDonagh, also known as Thomas Gerard Mongan, 27 and of Valleyside Close, Edenderry, Belfast.

Both accused denied the attempted murder of Martin Heaney on 8 September, 2013 at a house in Ardoyne, north Belfast.

The pair further denied a second charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Martin Heaney with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

No details of the case were given at the brief arraignment hearing.

However, at a High Court bail hearing in March this year, a prosecution lawyer said it was the Crown case that Mr Heaney was attacked in his home with a Samurai sword and a knife during which he sustained stab wounds to his legs, body and arms after being dragged from his bed in the middle of the night.

Asked by the High Court judge what provoked the alleged attack, the prosecution lawyer said there was a feud between the families.

A trial date has been set for 30 September, 2014 after Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC was told that a number of police witnesses were unavailable to attend before then.

Both defendants were remanded back into custody to await their trial.

© UTV News
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