Man is remanded in custody after stabbing incident

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A man has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the shoulder with a screwdriver.

Martin Stokes (25), of Collon Lane, is also alleged to have sprayed aerosol over the woman and attempted to set her alight.

He is charged with attempted grievous bodily harm, common assault, and possessing an offensive weapon and with false imprisonment and criminal damage, relating to two separate alleged incidents between March 18 and May 30.

Photographs of the damage and the injuries sustained by the woman were shown to the court and she alleged Stokes ran at her with a screwdriver, held her by the throat and stabbed her with it and that in March, while they were staying in Belfast, Stokes sprayed her with aerosol and attempted to light it.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail stating he did not trust the defendant.

Stokes will appear in court again via videolink on November 12.