09 January 2006

Two face court over attack


Two Belfast men are to appear in the High Court today to face charges connected to a vicious assault on a nightclub doorman.

Self-confessed drug addict Brendan Devine and Hugh ‘Applegoat’ McCormick are alleged to have attacked West Belfast man Kieron Magee outside the Venue nightclub in Bruce Street in November 2003.

Mr Magee was hospitalised after being stabbed a number of times.
Mr Devine and Mr McCormick were once close friends, but the pair have fallen out in recent months.

Mr McCormick’s brother, James ‘Dim’ McCormick, is accused of attempting to murder Mr Devine on January 31, 2004. Mr Devine had his throat slit in an attack outside a pub in the centre of Belfast.

In the same incident Mr Devine’s friend, Robert McCartney, was stabbed to death. Terence Davison has been charged with murdering Mr McCartney.

Mr Devine is expected to appear before the High Court today via video-link.
He is currently behind bars after being jailed for five years for his part in a botched robbery in South Belfast in February 2004.

Sentencing him last June, Judge Derick Rodgers said the 30-year-old was “playing for high stakes” and had to accept an appropriate sentence when caught.

Mr Devine’s lawyer said the father-of-two had run up “significant and uncontrollable debts” because of his serious abuse of drugs.

In order to fund his lifestyle and business Devine, who was spending up to £1,000 a week on his cocaine habit, agreed to get involved “out of desperation”, and had “succumbed to the temptation of immediate profit”.

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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