Assault victim gets letter from accused's family
The family of a man accused of assaulting Institute FC footballer Niall Grace and leaving him in a critical condition have written to his family expressing their hopes for his recovery.
Matthew McDermott (22), of Cornshell Fields in Londonderry, is accused of attacking Mr Grace on September 11 with intent to do him grievous bodily harm during an incident in Waterloo Street in the city.
When McDermott appeared at the city's magistrates' court yesterday, a prosecutor said the McDermott family had written to the Graces to express their wishes for Mr Grace's recovery.
McDermott's bail conditions meant there could be no contact between the families, so the letter had been sent to the Public Prosecution Service.
Deputy District Judge Philip McTeer said that this was the proper thing to do. He asked a police liaison officer to find out if the Grace family wanted to receive it. McDermott was released on continuing bail.