Bail for accused in stabbing case

THE Rasharkin man accused of stabbing another man in an incident in Ballymoney last week, has been granted bail following a High Court appeal.

However, Frankie Quinn, an uncle of the three young Quinn children who died following a petrol bomb attack on their home at Carnany almost nine years ago, has been ordered to meet strict conditions.

Following an earlier appearance before North Antrim Magistrates in Ballymena last Wednesday, Quinn (36) appeared at Belfast High Court on Friday where he made a successful bail application.

Under the conditions of his bail, Mr Quinn was ordered to pay 200, in addition to two sureties of 400 each.

He was instructed not to contact the injured party or any witnesses and a curfew between 9pm and 9am was imposed.

Mr Quinn must also refrain from entering the health centre were the alleged stabbing incident occurred, any licensed premises or the Finvoy Road area. He must also report to police and willingly participate in a breath test if requested to do so by police.

Quinn also appeared by video link before magistrates in Coleraine on Monday where he was remanded on continuing bail until the 2nd April, when he will appear in person at the same court.

At Ballymena Court, Quinn of Rockview Park in Rasharkin, was charged with maliciously wounding Garfield Gilmour, 31, following an alleged incident at Ballymoney Health Centre.

Gilmour sustained a puncture wound under the arm and was taken to hospital following the incident at around 10.30am last Tuesday. He was not seriously injured and was later discharged.

In Ballymena Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Quinn was alleged to have stabbed Gilmour with a 'modified' car-key. Magistrate Robert Alcorn asked how the key could become an offensive weapon, to which Detective Constable Lorna Livingstone replied: "The car-key was broken and was adapted with a handle which has lengthened it."

The three Quinn brothers - Richard, 10, Mark, nine, and eight-year-old Jason, were asleep in the bedroom of their house in the Carnany estate in Ballymoney on July 12, 1998 when the home was petrol-bombed.

The boys' mother, Chrissie Quinn, and two other adults in the house at the time, managed to escape the flames but the boys died.