Wounding accused refused bail

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A 21-year-old accused of wounding a man with a broken bottle has been refused bail at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Marc Villa, of John Street, is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in June.

He is further charged with possessing an offensive weapon, namely a broken bottle.

It is alleged Villa attacked the man shortly after 11:30 am on June 22nd.

The alleged injured party sustained a laceration to his left forearm which required eight stitches.

He identified Villa as the perpetrator of the attack.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said Villa has been selected as a ‘priority offender’ because of his ‘persistent offending behaviour.’

She said the defendant has 48 previous convictions and was only released from prison two months before the alleged incident.

The officer added that when Villa was refused bail at his first court appearance, he ‘burst into a violent fit of rage in the courtroom and lunged towards the judge, threatened a police officer and threw a chair.’

District Judge Paul Copeland refused bail and Villa will appear in court again via videolink on September 24.