Northern Ireland

Man charged with attempted murder of west Belfast teenagers

A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of two teenagers in west Belfast.

Michael William Duffy, 23, is also accused of having a kitchen knife during the incident early on Monday morning.

He was arrested following an alleged attack at a house in the North Howard Street area of the city.

A 19-year-old woman and a boy aged 16 were reportedly assaulted at the scene.

Mr Duffy, of no fixed address, is charged with attempting to murder both the woman and the youth.

He faces further counts of threatening to kill the woman and criminal damage to a door belonging to her.

A fifth charge involves possession of an offensive weapon, namely a kitchen knife, with intent to commit an indictable offence.

During a brief appearance before Belfast Magistrates' Court a police officer said he could connect Mr Duffy to the charges.

No questions were asked and bail was not sought.

Mr Duffy was then remanded in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.

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