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Derry assault: Man refused bail over bar room assault

The scene outside Dukes Bar, Spencer Road on Monday morning, as PSNI officers cordoned off the area outside the pub. INLS3414MC001

The scene outside Dukes Bar, Spencer Road on Monday morning, as PSNI officers cordoned off the area outside the pub. INLS3414MC001

A man with a ‘very violent record’ has appeared in court charged with an assault in a Waterside bar.

Barry Gordon Whittle, of Clareen Drive, Strathfoyle, is charged with grievous bodily harm with intent on August 17.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the alleged injured party sustained a fractured skull, broken eye socket, broken cheekbone and fractures to his neck.

It was claimed Whittle and the alleged injured party were in each other’s company in Dukes Bar.

The alleged injured party started to throw stools in the bar and eyewitnesses heard 33-year-old Whittle say ‘I will sort it’.

The alleged injured party then walked in the direction of Whittle and he was punched once.

He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital and the transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he has emergency surgery.

The court heard the man remains in ICU but is making ‘slow improvement’.

During police interview Whittle accepted that he hit the injured party, but claimed he was acting in self-defence.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the 33-year-old has a ‘substantial record’ and was on police bail at the time of the alleged incident.

The officer said police fear Whittle would commit further offences or interfere with witnesses.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client had only met the injured party a few days before this incident.

He said that Whittle has been subject to assaults in the past and was ‘particularly keen to avoid being assaulted’ as a result of a brain injury he had sustained.

Mr Kyle added that Whittle does not have a history of breaching bail and has ‘no reason’ to interfere with witnesses as he admits punching the injured party.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said he had ‘no faith’ Whittle would abide by bail conditions.

He said the 33-year-old has a ‘very violent record’ and he considers him to ‘be a risk to other members of the public’.

Whittle was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on September 11.

 
 
 

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