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20/09/2021

Derry woman who told police 'It was him or me' remanded in custody after being charged with stabbing man four times

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A 34-year-old Derry woman who told police, ‘It was him or me’ has been remanded in custody charged with stabbing a man four times. Ursula Logue, whose address was given as Beallachmor Lower in Derry, was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife on October 29. A police officer in court connected Logue to the charges. She told the court police were called by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) following a report of a stabbing. Officers found a man with four deep wounds to his leg and arm, who told police that the defendant had stabbed him. Logue was located nearby and arrested. As she was being brought to the custody suite she told an officer: “He said to pick a knife so I stabbed him.” The defendant later told police she was ‘in fear for her life’ when she stabbed the man. Logue said they had been drinking together and an argument started ‘probably over something stupid’ and she claimed the alleged injured party had grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. The defendant said the man punched her and claimed he smashed a glass and threatened her. Logue admitted stabbing the man, but said it was self-defence. The officer told the court Logue had said she had taken up to 80 Xanax tablets in the days before the incident. She opposed bail for fear of further offences. Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said there was ‘no romantic attachment’ between the pair, before adding that Logue was ‘distressed’ at the severity of the injuries inflicted on the man. MacDermott said the man was well known to the court and had a history of violence, before adding that Logue ‘felt in fear’ and had an arguable case for self-defence. District Judge Barney McElholm said the wounds did not appear to be as a result of self-defence and there was no evidence of assault by the alleged injured party. He continued that ‘a combination of alcohol and Xanax is one that leads to extreme behaviour’ and added at the moment there was no case for self-defence. He remanded Logue in custody to appear on November 22.

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