Deny kicking and stamping on victims’ heads

Two men from Limavady were remanded in custody when they appeared at a special sitting of the Magistrate’s Court in Derry on Tuesday charged with assault and disorderly behaviour inside and outside a bar in Catherine St., Limavady, after this month’s July 12 parade in the town.

Jason Murphy (19), from Mount Eden, who had nineteen previous criminal convictions, is alleged to have twice stamped on a man’s head as the victim’s head was lying against a kerb. He denies the offence.

David Ireland (26), from Sperrin Road, who has sixty-nine previous convictions, denies knocking a man unconscious by kicking him on the face.

A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that the offences were recorded on CCTV cameras both inside and outside the bar. He said he objected to the defendants being granted bail because they were both prolific offenders in the Limavady area and because he believed they could interfere with witnesses.

Both defendants were remanded in custody to appear in court again for a video link hearing on August 18.