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Teenager in court on attempted murder charge

The teenage boy appeared before Coleraine Magistrates court on Thursday

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after two women were stabbed in Co Derry.

The teenager, who cannot be identified due to his age, is also charged with two counts of possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence in Coleraine.

Appearing before Coleraine Magistrates court yesterday, he spoke only to say he understood the charges against him.

The women were attacked while walking close to Beresford Avenue in Coleraine on Sunday.

A police constable told the court the charges related to an incident in which two girls were approached by three males.

The court heard one of the males stabbed the two women with a knife "for no apparent reason".

One woman sustained a punctured lung and several stab wounds, while the other received four stab wounds.

The women, both aged 22, are making a "reasonable recovery" with one discharged from hospital.

No bail application was made and a defence lawyer told the court that his client denied the offence.

He was remanded into custody at the Juvenile Justice centre until February 11.

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