Accused of breaking man’s arm and ankle 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, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and criminal damage.

He appeared in court for the bail application via videolink from Maghaberry Prison.

The court heard that on August 12 this year 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 broken ankle during the assault, which only ended with the intervention of a witness.

The defendant later claimed that it was he who was initially attacked by the injured party.

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, occurred while Gardiner was on temporary release from prison.

Declining the 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.