Court hears of multiple injury assault

A 34-year-old man accused of robbing and assaulting a man in the Rosemount area of the city has been refused bail at the local Magistrate’s Court.

Jason John Robert Curry, of Great James Street, is charged with robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent on July 14.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police were called to Argyle Street following reports that two men were assaulting a man lying on the street and had dragged him into a nearby house.

An officer told the court police responded within minutes and found the alleged injured party lying in the hallway of the house.

He was unconscious, with blood coming from his head and face which was badly swollen.

The man regained consciousness shortly before the ambulance arrived and he told officers he had been assaulted and robbed.

The court heard police went to the back of the house and they found Curry and his 25-year-old co-accused David James Greene.

She claimed officers searched the 34-year-old and discovered a phone and a MP3 players belonging to the alleged injured party.

During police interview, Curry claimed his co-accused carried out the attack and he took no part in it, but acted as a good samaritan.

He further claimed he had taken the man’s mobile phone to call an ambulance and had the MP3 player because the alleged injured party had given it to him.

The court heard the alleged victim was a “vulnerable” witness who sustained multiple fractures to his face, including a fractured jaw, and had to be hospitalised for a number of days.

It was revealed to the court Curry is currently on bail for another assault and had breached the conditions of this by consuming alcohol on July 14.

Opposing bail, the officer said police feared Curry would commit further offencs, interfere with witnesses and would not adhere to bail conditions.

She said police were particulary concerned “for the safety of the victim should the defendant be released on bail”.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client had a limited record and could be released on bail with stringent conditions.

He urged the court to give Curry the “benefit of the doubt” and allow him to be released until he could contest the charges,

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said an address in Derry would not be suitable and there was a clear risk of interference with witnesses.

Curry was remanded in custody to appear in court again, via videolink, on August 16.

His co-accused 25-year-old Greene, of Argyle Street, adjourned a bail application for a suitable address to be found outside the city.

He will appear in court again, via videolink, on August 9.