Murder accused on GBH charge

A man accused of murder has appeared in court charged with an unrelated assault.

Paul Greatbanks, of Bayview Terrace in Derry, already faces charges in relation to the murder of Patrick Harkin on February 20, last.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of a Donegal man on the same date.

Earlier today the 46-year-old appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The charge relates to a separate incident alleged to have occurred in December 2010.

Greatbanks was released into police custody yesterday and there was a delay in him being brought back to court because he was receiving treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital.

When he appeared in the dock, bandages were visible on his wrists.

The 46-year-old spoke once during the brief hearing to confirm he understood the charge.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said there would be no application for bail and Greatbanks was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on July 7.

As Greatbanks appeared in the dock, police stood guard outside the courtoom and refused entry to members of the public.

The decision followed scuffles between family and friends of the late Patrick Harkin and police at Bishop Street courthouse on Thursday.

There was a heightened police presence outside the court today and as Greatbanks was led from the cells into a police van, abuse and obscenities were shouted at him.