Man claimed he was in gynaecological ward

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A man has been cleared of an assault charge after the injured party claimed he could not come to court to give evidence because he was in hospital.

The alleged injured party had told a representative of the Public Prosecution Service that he couldn’t come to court because he had been admitted to ward four to have a clot removed from his leg.

However, a police officer said that when they checked with the Altnagelvin Hospital there was no record of the man being a patient and the ward he claimed he was in was a gynaecological ward.

Kenneth Haslett, of Clooney Mews, had denied one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on August 26, 2008.

Dismissing the charge against Haslett, District Judge Barney McElholm said if the injured party was going to lie “he could at least get the basics right”.