No bail after alleged attack with golf club

A man accused of breaking another man’s arm and ankle during an attack with a golf club, has been refused bail at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Bryan Gardiner (22), of 45 Deramore Drive, Strathfoyle, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage, when he appeared by videolink from Maghaberry Prison.

The court heard that on August 12 last the injured party was at home when he saw the defendant approach. After banging at the door, Gardiner allegedly headbutted and smashed a window.

The homeowner went out to confront the attacker who then attacked him with a golf club.

The victim sustained a broken arm and ankle during the assault, which only ended when a witness intervened.

Police objected to the bail application due to the proximity of the proposed bail address to the home of the injured party.

An objection was also raised as a further crime of stealing from a city centre premises had occurred while Gardiner was on temporary release from prison.

Rejecting the bail application, District Judge Barney McElhom said: “The proposed address is far too close to the home of the victim. In addition to that, the defendant has numerous convictions for assaulting police, a conviction for occasioning actual bodily harm and a conviction this April for unlawfully wounding.

“He was released on September 12 and immediately came to police attention having committed other offences.

“I have no faith this man will not commit further offences. He is a grave risk to the public and all in all not a suitable candidate for bail.”

Gardiner was remanded in custody until November 14.