Man accused of assaulting bar staff

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

A Letterkenny man has appeared in court charged in connection with an incident which left a baby in a pram showered with glass.

Brendan Boyle, whose address was given as Meadowbank, Letterkenny, is charged with common assault, criminal damage and disorderly behaviour in licensed premises.

The 49-year-old is further accused of possession of an offensive weapon and assault on a police designated person.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on November 28.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations Boyle was intoxicated and became abusive to staff and patrons of the Bentley Bar.

It is alleged he assaulted bar staff and members of the public and was asked to leave the bar at around 5:30pm on Friday.

The court heard claims the 49-year-old threw a glass towards bar staff and it smashed against the door frame. This left a 21 month baby in a pram and it’s mother ‘showered in glass’.

Boyle was arrested and it is alleged he was ‘extremely abusive’ while in custody and punched a civilian detention officer in the face.

During police interview, the 49-year-old said he would ‘prefer to tell the judge himself what happened’ and denied the allegations.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police have concerns about Boyle committing further offences.

She said the 49-year-old has 38 previous convictions and has breached court orders in the past.

The officer said Boyle’s ‘actions towards the general public and police was totally abhorrent and police don’t believe he will adhere to any bail conditions’.

Defence solicitor Oliver Roache said his client made the case that he was assaulted when he was removed from the bar.

Mr Roache said police were initially willing to grant Boyle bail if he could provide a cash surety and applied for the court to release him on these terms.

Granting bail, District Judge Peter King said the allegations were of an ‘aggressive and obnoxious drunk’.

He released Boyle with a cash surety of £500 and banned him from entering Derry except to attend court.

The 49-year-old will appear in court again on December 18.