26 year-old accused of knocking man’s teeth out

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 26-year-old man accused knocking a man’s teeth out has been granted bail providing police approve a bail address.

Michael Brown, of Lower Nassau Street, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on July 9.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to a disturbance between neighbours in Lower Nassau Street.

The alleged injured party told officers Brown and another man he knew to be called ‘Liam’ came to his house and they had an argument about phones.

Brown punched the alleged injured party in the face and he hit him back. The second man then punched the injured party three times.

They initially apologised to each other but the injured party was then allegedly assaulted again.

It was claimed the man was punched and kicked repeatedly, had two teeth knocked out and his arm was slashed.

The court heard allegations the man known as ‘Liam’ was holding a six inch ‘shank blade’ and he made off towards a green area.

Brown was arrested and during police interview denied being involved. He said he had been drinking for most of the day, went to a friend’s house for a while before returning home.

The 26-year-old claimed he took prescription tablets, consumed more alcohol and then went to sleep.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court the proposed bail address is on Abercorn Road, however his client needs the landlord’s agreement to move in.

He added that Brown was initially going to be granted police bail but the only address available was in Lower Nassau Street and it was too close to the alleged injured party.

District Judge Des Perry agreed to grant Brown bail as long as police agreed to the proposed address and the landlord was willing to provide the accommodation.

Once the address is approved Brown will be released on his own bail of £500 and ordered to abide by a curfew and wear an electronic tag.

The 26-year-old is also banned from having any contact with the alleged injured party and from entering Nassau Street.

Brown will appear in court again on July 28, either by videolink if the bail address is not acceptable to police or in person if he is released on bail.