Court: Stabbings accused Dermot McIlveen apologises and makes full admissions

A MAN accused of a wave of attacks on women in Belfast has apologised and made full admissions, a court was told today.

Dermot McIlveen (38) expressed “extreme regret and remorse” for the series of stabbings and assaults which happened on Monday October 12, his solicitor said.

Four women sustained knife wounds while two others were punched by a man on a bicycle in parts of central and south Belfast.

Police said none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries but were left deeply traumatised.

Patrols were stepped up and CCTV images of the suspect released as part of a major operation to locate the attacker.

McIlveen, of Carrigart Avenue in the west of the city, was arrested and charged with five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of an offensive weapon – namely a knife.

Appearing remotely at Belfast Magistrates’ Court from a PSNI station, he spoke only to confirm that he understood the allegations against him.

Defence solicitor Brian Archer said McIlveen was not making an application for bail.

The lawyer added: “Mr McIlveen has made full admissions to all offences during interview.

“He has expressed extreme regret and remorse, and offers apologies to the victims.”

Mr Archer added that he has made arrangements for his client to undergo a full mental health assessment.

District Judge John Meehan remanded McIlveen in custody to appear again at court in November, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

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