Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey man Gareth McAllister charged over knife attacks

Belfast Magistrates' Court
Image caption Gareth McAllister appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday

A teenager has been remanded in custody charged with the attempted murder of a father and son in a knife attack on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Gareth McAllister, 18, is also accused of inflicting wounds on a 74-year-old man during a triple stabbing in Glengormley, County Antrim.

All three alleged victims are members of the same family.

Mr McAllister, of Rogan Manor in Newtownabbey, was arrested at a nearby petrol station on Wednesday night.

A man aged 20 had suffered a slash wound to his forehead in an alleged attack at the house on the Antrim Road.

His 51-year-old father and his grandfather also sustained cuts as further violence broke out at the nearby garage, according to police.

Mr McAllister appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on a total of 10 counts.

He is charged with the attempted murders of Jonathan and John Green, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Derek Green.

The other alleged offences include: possessing a bread knife in public; four assaults on police representatives; a separate assault on John Green last Saturday; and criminal damage to his front door.

Mr McAllister spoke only to confirm he understood the charges against him.

Although no further details were disclosed, a detective constable said he could connect the accused to the alleged offences.

A defence lawyer said he was not applying for bail "at this time".

A judge remanded Mr McAllister in custody to appear again by video-link next Thursday.