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Police at the scene of a stabbing incident in the Donegall Square West area of Belfast City Centre on October 12th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Police at the scene of a stabbing incident in the Donegall Square West area of Belfast City Centre on October 12th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police at the scene of a stabbing incident in the Donegall Square West area of Belfast City Centre on October 12th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A Belfast man has admitted a series of stabbing attacks against a string of women in the city on Monday.

Dermott McIlveen of Carrigart Avenue, Belfast, appeared via video link at a short hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday.

A woman pedestrian was stabbed in the first attack on Castle Place in the city centre at 19:42 BST.

Four more women were stabbed and two were punched during a one-and-half hour period in south and central Belfast.

The 38-year-old has been charged with a number of offences, including five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and one of possession of an offensive weapon.

He was further charged with criminal damage against a man in an unconnected case which took place in January.

His defence solicitor Brian Archer told the court Mr McIlveen has made full admissions to all the charges against him.

He said: "Mr McIlveen has made full admissions to all the charges. He is extremely regretful and remorseful and offers a full apology to his victims."

Mr Archer said his client was not applying for bail and said they had requested a full mental health assessment.

A Detective Constable was present in court and said he could connect all the charges.

He also confirmed that the defendant had made full admissions to police during interview.

The case is listed to reappear on November 13.

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