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No suitable bail address for 14-year-old accused of stabbing girl in neck

Deans Walk Lurgan Police

A 14-year-old girl accused of stabbing her friend in the neck remains in custody because no suitable bail address can be found.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of her age, allegedly stabbed a 15-year-old girl in the neck in Lurgan on Good Friday, April 19.

She is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife in the Dean’s Walk area of the town.

The victim had to undergo lifesaving surgery after her a major artery in her neck was severed by a knife, leaving her with possible life-changing injuries.

On Friday, the defendant’s solicitor told Craigavon Magistrates’ Court that there was currently no suitable bail address available, but that one may be forthcoming.

A previous court sitting heard how the injured party was rushed to hospital, initially Craigavon, before being transferred to the Royal in Belfast due to the severity of her injuries.

The defendant first appeared in court in Lisburn on Easter Monday, three days after the alleged attack.

The court heard that during a police interview the 14-year-old “admitted that she had a knife” but claimed she had it “concealed up her sleeve and she accidentally caused the injury”.

District Judge Bernie Kelly remanded the teenager back into custody to appear again in court on May 10.

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