Northern Ireland

Belfast crossbow attack: Man refused bail

Belgravia Avenue Belfast Image copyright Albert Bridge/CCGeograph
Image caption The attack happened at Belgravia Avenue in south Belfast on Wednesday

A man charged with attempted murder over a crossbow attack in south Belfast has been refused bail.

Thomas Anthony Cawley, 28, of Belgravia Avenue, Belfast, is also charged with possessing a crossbow and a hammer.

The charges are connected to the injuring of a man who was shot in the arm with a crossbow as he sat in a car in Belgravia Avenue on Wednesday.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Mr Cawley is due to appear in court again on 20 June.

A woman who was also in the car was not injured.

Opposing bail, a police officer told Belfast Magistrates Court: "Police believe Mr Cawley is a danger to the general public.

"At this stage, to protect the public we are opposing bail in the strongest terms."

Mr Cawley's lawyer said: "He denies committing any of the offences, he was interviewed three times over a period of 36 hours.

"The issue with regard to bail is that there's a paucity of evidence."

However, the police officer responded: "Mr Cawley was identified by the injured party, he was named by the injured party."

Refusing bail, the judge ruled there was a risk of re-offending and failing to turn up for trial.