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McCrea allegedly tried to collect a prescription under a different name before staff refused him

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The pharmacy on the Antrim Road where the staff member was allegedly stabbed (Pic: Google Maps)

The pharmacy on the Antrim Road where the staff member was allegedly stabbed (Pic: Google Maps)

The pharmacy on the Antrim Road where the staff member was allegedly stabbed (Pic: Google Maps)

A man has been remanded in custody after a pharmacist was allegedly stabbed in north Belfast.

The incident took place inside Teague’s Pharmacy Saturday afternoon.

Tony McCrea (36) appeared in Belfast Magistrate’s Court today charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapon in public.

It was alleged in court that Conor McAreavey, a pharmacist at the unit, was stabbed in the hand as he tried to defend himself.

The court was also told CCTV captured a man arriving at the scene and leaving afterwards in a car.

The police say McCrea went into the pharmacy and tried to collect a prescription under a different name.

When staff refused to forward the prescription it is alleged he became aggressive and kicked out at Covid protection screens before allegedly launching the attack.

McCrea denies the charges against him, with Judge Mark McGarrity refusing bail due to concerns the accused could reoffend.

He is due to appear again in court by video link in four weeks.

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