05 Oct 2022

Court hears Derry man threatened to burn alleged victim's wife and children after repeatedly punching him in the head

A 46-year-old Derry man threatened to leave another man in a ‘bloodbath’ before punching him repeatedly in the head, a court has been told. Brian Stokes, of Cornshell Fields in Derry, appeared at Derry Magistrates Court, sitting in Omagh, where he was charged with assaulting a man on Friday, August 10. He was also charged with threatening to kill the same man and threatening to damage or destroy property belonging to the same person on the same date. During the hearing on Monday morning, a police officer connected Stokes to the charges and opposed bail on the grounds there were fears of further 'violent offending'. He told the court that at 11pm on Friday night, police received a 999 call from the alleged injured party claiming he had been assaulted by Stokes. He said he was in a fast food outlet where the defendant had called him a 'scumbag'. Stokes was then alleged to have told the man he would ‘cut your throat’ before threatening to leave him in a ‘bloodbath’. The incident was then said to have moved into the street where the man alleged Stokes struck him four or five times around the head. The court heard Stokes was then alleged to have told the man he knew where he lived and was ‘going to burn you, your wife and kids’. Stokes was also alleged to have said there was ‘too much CCTV’ to do what he wanted to. The court heard CCTV was examined and a man was seen pulling another man out of the shop. The court was told that interview Stokes denied the offences and claimed the alleged injured party approached him and claimed he was in the INLA and would have him shot. Stokes claimed there was no physical confrontation and after viewing the CCTV he said he could not say it was him. Defence solicitor, Oliver Roche, said there had been a counter allegation made and the police officer agreed and said that was being investigated. Mr Roche also asked had the alleged injured party gone to Stokes' home and the officer said he had been told that had happened. Stokes was released on bail to appear again on September 13.

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