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Thursday 15 November 2018

Honeymooner charged with attempted murder after three men stabbed

Electrical engineer Nicholas Keith Warner arrives at Limavady Magistrates’ Court on crutches
Electrical engineer Nicholas Keith Warner arrives at Limavady Magistrates’ Court on crutches

A newlywed American man who arrived in Dublin last week with his wife for an Irish honeymoon has appeared at Limavady Magistrates Court charged with attempting to murder three men.

The three, two in their 30s and one in his 60s, sustained stabbing injuries in an incident outside a bar in the Co Antrim village of Ballycarry on Saturday night.

Nicholas Keith Warner (31), an electrical engineer from Morrow Lane in Summerville, South Carolina, denied attempting to murder the three men and a charge of assaulting a fourth man.

He further denied causing an affray but Mr Warner admits possessing a knife.

As part of his bail conditions he was banned from possessing or drinking alcohol and must wear an electronic tag.

Mr Warner, who sustained a broken leg in the incident, was helped by two police officers as he walked on crutches from a police van on Main Street, Limavady, into the courthouse for his remand appearance.

Alcohol

His wife Kaylee, a nurse, was present behind her husband as he sat in the dock during the hearing.

When asked by the court clerk if he understood the charges, the defendant replied: "Yes, ma'am."

A detective constable told Deputy District Judge Ted Magill that he believed he could connect the defendant to the charges.

He added that alcohol was an issue in the case.

Defence solicitor David Jones told the court that bail conditions proposed by gardai and the Public Prosecution Service were acceptable to Mr Warner.

"He accepts he was the individual who caused the injuries," Mr Jones said.

"From the moment of his arrest prior to his interviews he accepted he possessed the knife to defend himself.

"This case will come down to the argument of reasonable force or otherwise and because he is a US citizen I would request that if possible the case could be fast tracked.

Jeopardy

"It is regrettable in that he is here on his honeymoon and his employment as an electrical engineer is now is jeopardy," the solicitor added.

Mr Warner was released on his own bail of £1,000 (€1,120) to appear at Ballymena Magistrates' Court on September 6.

As part of his agreed bail conditions he was ordered to hand over his passport to the PSNI, to observe an 8pm to 11am curfew and to reside only at a bail address approved by the PSNI.

The defendant, who will also be electronically tagged, was further ordered not to leave Northern Ireland and not to contact any of the injured

parties nor any other witnesses in the case.

Mr Warner must also maintain an absolute ban from both possessing and consuming alcohol and he must agree to undergoing a preliminary breath test if asked to do so by the police.

An additional bail condition is that the defendant must not enter the 30mph zone around the village of Ballycarry.

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