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Pensioner accused of stabbing man in neck and face to face crown court trial

A Co Armagh pensioner accused of stabbing another man in the face and neck in the lead up to Christmas last year is to stand trial in Crown Court.

Russell Hanna, 69, of Derrytrasna Lane in Lurgan, appeared before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding another man in his fifties with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

The number of charges relate to an incident on December 18, whereby Hanna is alleged to have stabbed the victim in the neck, face and abdomen with a Stanley knife at Derrytrasna Lane in Derrytrasna.

Police were called to reports of an altercation at an address at around 7.40pm and found a man aged in his 50s had been stabbed several times.

Hanna was subsequently arrested and charged.

Prosecution today (Friday) put forward their case against the pensioner, which defence solicitor Peter Murphy made no objection to.

District Judge Bernie Kelly released Hanna on continuing bail to appear for arraignment at Craigavon Crown Court on June 28.

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