Man charged with assault outside city centre bar

Golden scales of justice, gavel and books wood brown background
Golden scales of justice, gavel and books wood brown background

A 29-year-old has appeared in court accused of assaulting a man outside a city centre bar.

Teddy Roulston, of Ballycolman Estate, is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Peter Morrison.

The charge relates to an alleged incident in Waterloo Street shortly after 9pm on June 11.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the injured party, a 36-year-old father of seven, remains in a ‘stable but critical condition’.

He has been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and has undergone surgery.

Mr Morrison is going to remain sedated for at least five days in the Intensive Care Unit.

The court heard allegations that Roulston had been out drinking with the injured party and allegedly punched him once.

Mr Morrison then fell to the ground and witnesses heard a ‘loud crack’.

Roulston allegedly made no effort to help the injured party, left the area and was arrested at his home on Strabane.

Police opposed bail for fear of further offences.

A defence solicitor told the court the 29-year-old is ‘devastated’ by the incident.

She told the court Roulston and his family wished to express their sadness at what happened to Mr Morrison’s family.

The solicitor added that police concerns could be addressed with bail conditions.

District Judge Barney McElholm released Roulston on his own bail of £1,000, one surety of £500 to reside in Strabane.

He is also banned from consuming alcohol or non-prescribed drugs, ordered to abide by a curfew and be electronically tagged.

The 29-year-old is also banned from Derry except for court appearances.

He will appear in court again on July 10.

The judge also made an order banning the publication of Roulston’s photograph until identification procedures have been completed.