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26/09/2021

Derry man charged after violent public 'altercation' granted bail

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A man charged with a serous assault and possession of a knife appeared at Derry Magistrates Court at the weekend. Detectives charged 28-year-old Eoin Gorman, of Old Strabane Road, with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (AOABH) on a female and possession of an offensive weapon - namely a knife. A PSNI officer said the charges are in relation to the report of an incident at the Strabane Old Road in Derry on Thursday April 25. A 22-year-old woman also arrested by detectives investigating the incident has been released on bail pending further enquiries. Both sustained what were described in court as “significant injuries” which required medical treatment. The police officer told the court that an altercation took place between 10.30pm on Thursday April 25 and 00.30am on Friday morning, between a man and woman, initially on the street itself and also later within a house in the area. Defence solicitor Richard Campbell questioned the officer about what evidence police held.  He said there is no statement from the injured party nor the arresting officer. The officer said police believe “we can connect due to the defendant’s admissions about his involvement” after he accepted there was a domestic incident.  She acknowledged that more evidence needs to be gathered but added that he had to be overnight charged as there was no suitable bail address available. The court heard that both injured parties sustained “significant injuries” and have given their own accounts of what happened.  The female’s injuries were said to be to her arm. No interview transcript was available to the officer appearing in court and no evidence had been supplied by the forensic medical officer. Mr Campbell maintained that there was “not enough evidence to charge as yet” and said his client has been charged with AOABH yet officers “can’t say what injuries” he inflicted. He said there was not enough evidence to connect his client, who himself said he was the victim of a domestic assault. Mr Campbell explained that when the 28-year-old was arrested he was in a semi-conscious state, had stab wounds, a broken ankle, required ten stitches to his right arm and eight stitches to the back of his head.  The alleged injured party has bruising, he added. District Judge Barney McElholm was asked to grant the defendant bail to his own address with conditions in place. Concerns were raised that if the defendant was granted bail to that own address he would attempt to make contact with the alleged injured party who was housed less than two miles away. Judge McElholm said this normally wouldn’t be far enough apart but he suspected if they were fifty miles apart, “they’d still find a way to come together”. The defendant was granted his own bail of £1,000 and has been excluded from going within 100m of the injured party’s address, he must have no contact with her, direct or indirect.  He has a curfew of 9pm - 8am and will be electronically tagged. Gorman was warned that any contact would lead to him being remanded in custody and he was ordered to return to court on May 9.  

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