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Belfast man attacked with a trampoline pole suffered swelling to brain, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A man attacked with a trampoline pole in Belfast sustained swelling to the brain, a court heard yesterday.

The 34-year-old also suffered a fractured finger, broken tooth and head lacerations when violence flared at Glenrosa Link last month, police said.

Details emerged as one of two men accused of trying to kill him mounted a bid to be released on bail.

James Edwards (26), of Glenrosa Street, denies a charge of attempted murder over the alleged assault in the early hours of June 25.

He claims the injured man came at him with a hatchet and hammer after being asked to leave a house in the area.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that the alleged victim was ushered out of the property after having a stand-off involving Edwards, his co-accused and a woman.

Defence counsel Sean Mullan had argued that the complainant remained outside, using the weapons to strike sparks off a wall.

According to the barrister, Edwards was handed a pole from a trampoline after asking for something to protect himself, the court heard.

An officer disclosed that the complainant sustained a broken finger and tooth, swelling to the brain, wounds to his arms and cuts to the rear of his head.

But Mr Mullan contended that the injuries were not consistent with his version of events.

"Mr Edwards is 100% adamant that his forensics will not be found on the hatchet and hammer," he said.

Adjourning the bail application for a week, the judge indicated that suggested accommodation was too close to the scene.

"I want an address that's remote from Belfast," he said.

Edwards, who appeared via prison video-link, reacted with dismay as proceedings were put on hold.

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