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Accused who 'beat victim with bottle' granted bail

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of a bottle attack which inflicted brain damage claimed the alleged victim tried to sexually assault him, the High Court has heard.

The 37-year-old defendant was arrested while wearing a condom he said had been put on while he slept at a house in Londonderry.

Details emerged as he was granted compassionate bail to attend a relative's funeral.

The accused is not being named due to the sexual nature of his counter-allegations.

He faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to another man in August last year.

Prosecution counsel Robin Steer said police responding to a 999 call discovered a man with a large dent to the back of his skull.

He had sustained severe fractures and "life-changing", permanent brain injuries.

A wine bottle covered in blood was found in the living room.

According to Mr Steer the accused claimed there was a sexual element to the incident.

"When arrested this applicant could be seen wearing a condom," the prosecutor said.

The accused claimed the injured man had aroused him in his sleep, put the condom on and tried to carry out a sexual assault.

Temporary bail was opposed due to the risk of re-offending.

However, Lord Justice Weatherup ruled that the accused is to be released for a period of hours to attend the funeral service.

The judge imposed an alcohol ban and ordered the defendant's brother to remain with him at all times.

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