Man admits stabbing loyalist in Tesco

Mr Stockman suffered multiple stab wounds.

A man has admitted trying to kill a leading loyalist who was stabbed in front of shoppers in a supermarket.

Friday, 16 November 2012
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David Madine, with an address at Innishargie Gardens in Bangor, pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Harry Stockman, who was stabbed more than 10 times in the middle of Tesco's fruit and vegetables aisle in Ballygomartin on April 20 last year.

Prominent Shankill Road loyalist Mr Stockman, 51, had to undergo emergency surgery to repair damage to his kidney, colon and bowel following the incident.

A previous court heard that within a short space of time from the incident, police arrested a bare-chested Madine on Twaddell Avenue as he carried his T-shirt and a blood-stained knife.

During police questioning, the 42-year-old made references to the murder of his friend Bobby Moffett who was gunned down on the Shankill Road in May 2010 with the UVF being blamed for it, telling officer "something cracked in his head" when he saw Mr Stockman.

Madine had been due to go on trial in two weeks time but instead, will be sentenced by Belfast Crown Court Judge David McFarland just before Christmas.

Remanding Madine into custody, the Belfast Recorder adjourned passing sentence until pre-sentence probation reports have been completed.