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kids present Blood-stained wheel brace recovered from scene of attempted murder in Co Tyrone

One of the accused is charged with attempted murder while another is accused of possessing a hatchet


Dungannon Magistrate's Court

Dungannon Magistrate's Court

Dungannon Magistrate's Court

Blood-stained weapons including a wheel brace were recovered from the scene of an attempted murder in Dungannon a court heard yesterday.

Three men were remanded in custody following an alleged attack which took place on Tuesday evening in the Elm Avenue area of the Co Tyrone town.

Thirty-year-old Lee Hamilton of Elm Avenue, Dungannon is charged with attempting to murder the male, as well as driving while disqualified and without insurance.

His uncle, Don Hamilton (41) of Cherry Hill, Cookstown is accused of possessing offensive weapons, namely a hatchet and an imitation firearm as well as dangerous driving.

Luis Mederia (23) also of Elm Avenue, Dungannon is likewise accused of possessing a hatchet.

All three are charged with affray.

A detective sergeant told a special sitting of Dungannon Magistrates’ Court all charges could be connected.

Three young children aged under 12 were present at the time of the attack, which it is claimed was sparked by, “an innocuous text message”.

Objecting to bail the detective said, “There are very clear concerns of witness interference and people are fearful of making statements. Much of the evidence is being provided from house-to-house enquiries. This incident involved a number of weapons and the victim of the attack currently remains heavily sedated and in very serious condition.”

Along with the firearm and hatchet, police recovered other weapons including a blood-stained wheel brace, and a machete.

They were refused bail with District Judge Mark McGarrity stating, “In my view each of the defendants could reoffend if released and interfere with the course of justice. I don’t consider any conditions at this juncture would alleviate those risks.”

All three were remanded in custody to appear again by video-link next month.

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