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21/09/2021

Derry man charged over 'cowardly, brutal and bullying attack' during which wheelchair bound victim was kicked in the head is refused bail

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A man accused of what District Judge Barney McElholm described as 'a cowardly, brutal and bullying attack' on a wheelchair bound victim has been refused bail as the judge said he wouldn't 'inflict this man on any community.' Brian Gerard O'Hagan (25) of Donald Casey Court in Derry appeared at the local Magistrate's Court charged with entering a premises as a trespasser on October 24. The court heard that police were called to reports of a burglary and in the background they could hear a voice saying: "I am going to knife you give me the money." A police officer told the court the victim was a wheelchair bound vulnerable person. He said it appeared that three people, two males and a female, had smashed their way into the flat, knocked the victim out of the chair and kicked him in the head. He told police the intruders had demanded his bank card and said if he gave them the wrong card 'he would be shot'. When police arrived they saw a man run off and hide in some undergrowth and found O'Hagan hiding there. He was arrested and after caution told police 'go and f--k off would you'. The court heard that the intruders took a mobile phone and a landlines from the alleged injured party and phone was found in the accused property. Police phoned the alleged injured party's number and the phone in O'Hagan's property rang. A bag with 34 pound coins was also found on him. The officer opposed bail stating it was 'a vicious violent attack on an individual who is vulnerable.' A defence solicitor said it could be some time before the cSe comes to court and asked for bail to an address outside the city. Judge McElholm said it was a case likely to go to a higher court and added he could not think of an address suitable' for a person like this. ' He Remanded O'Hagan in custody to appear again on November 22.

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