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Coleraine double stabbing: Teenager (18) accused of attempting to murder two women has case sent to Antrim Crown Court

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A TEENAGER accused of attempting to murder two women who were stabbed as they walked in Coleraine town centre late at night in January 2019 has had his case sent to Antrim Crown Court.

Josh McConnell (18), whose address was listed as Shannon Clinic, Saintfield Road, Carryduff – which is the Knockbracken Healthcare Park – faces six charges.

He is accused of attempting to murder two women and also faces two charges of wounding the women with intent to do them grievous bodily harm.

The defendant is further charged with possessing an offensive weapon, a knife, with intent to unlawfully wound a male and female.

The charges relate to January 13, 2019.

At the time police said two women, both aged 22, were attacked while walking close to Beresford Avenue around 11.25pm.

The women were taken to hospital with injuries which police said at the time were “serious”.

Josh McConnell appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, via video link from Shannon Clinic, for a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court – on Monday.

Three other people appeared in the courtroom on Monday charged with offences relating to the case.

Mark Burns (21), with an address listed as Central Avenue in Portstewart, and Jake Peacock (19), with an address listed as Rinvarna Court in Coleraine, are each accused of, on January 14 last year, withholding information concerning attempted murder.

Burns is also charged with possession of cannabis on January 14, 2019.

Also in court was Fiona Joan Munro (36), with an address listed as Enterprise Walk in Portstewart, who is charged with intimidation of a witness.

The particulars of the charge are that on February 13, 2019, according to the charge sheet, she ‘sent a text message and lodged a false workplace complaint which intimidated’ a female ‘and was intended to intimidate her knowing or believing that she was assisting in the investigation of an offence or was a witness or potential witness in proceedings for an offence and intended thereby to cause the investigation or the course of justice to be obstructed, perverted or interfered with’.

A prosecutor submitted there were prima facie cases regarding all the accused and there were no contrary submissions from the defence.

District Judge Peter King sent the cases to Antrim Crown Court for arraignment on a date to be fixed.

The court heard Josh McConnell had previously been remanded in custody and was serving that time in Knockbracken.

The others are on continuing bail.

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