A man who is accused of stabbing a man multiple times during an incident in Coleraine at the weekend has been released on bail.
Ryan Millen (20), of Boyne Row in Upperlands near Maghera in County Derry/Londonderry is alleged to have caused grievous bodily harm with intent to a man, who is from the Ballymoney area, on Saturday October 6. Millen appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday where a police officer believed she could connect him to the charge.
A police officer objected to bail and said that at 2.25am on Saturday police received a call from Ambulance Service that a male had suffered “multiple stab wounds” to his abdomen and legs at a house at Willow Drive in Coleraine and had been taken to hospital by ambulance.
The court heard witnesses saw Millen carrying a pink-handled kitchen knife before he left the scene. First aid was given to the injured man before an ambulance arrived.
The police officer said Millen was later located at 6.25am on Saturday in the Riverside Retail Park area of Coleraine. She said the victim was still in hospital after suffering “eleven” wounds which each required between three and eight stitches.
The officer said Millen claimed to police he had been assaulted by the injured man and another male and that as he had “feared for his life” he had acted in “self-defence” A defence lawyer said if released on bail any risk could be addressed by excluding Millen from Coleraine as he lived around twenty miles away.
The lawyer said the defendant had made his case during interview and “there are significant triable issues in this matter”. Releasing Millen on bail, District Judge Peter King said said the bail address in Upperlands was far enough away from the north coast but he barred the defendant from entering Coleraine, except for court appearances, and Ballymoney.
Millen is also not to attempt to contact the injured man or witnesses and has to sign bail at Magherafelt Police Station three times a week. He has a 10pm-6am curfew when he will be electronically tagged and he is not to consume alcohol.
Millen was released on his own bail of £500 and one surety of £500 and the case adjourned to November 5.