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‘We are going to die together’ accused gets bail

A JOINER who allegedly stabbed his wife of 32 years with a ‘steak knife’ on New Year’s Eve before turning the blade on himself and saying “We are going to die together” has been granted bail.

Ian Ireland, (60) whose address was given as Coleraine Road in Portstewart, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent on December 31, 2018.

He appeared before a sitting of Coleraine Magistrates Court on July 8 via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

A police officer opposed bail on the grounds that it was “a very serious case” and Ireland might commit further offences or attempt to speak to the injured party “to try and reconcile.”

But the defendant’s legal representative stressed that Ireland had a clear record and a bail address in Banbridge.

District Judge Liam McNally, who pointed out that Ireland had been in custody since January 3, agreed to grant bail with a string of conditions including a £750 surety as well as no contact with his wife and a ban on entering the ‘Triangle’ area, except for court appearances.

Ireland must observe a 9pm to 6am curfew and is banned from consuming alcohol or entering licensed premises. He was released on his own bail of £500 and told to return to court on August 5.

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