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Concertgoer allegedly took another man's car while in Belfast for Tennent's Vital, court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 31/08/2015

A concertgoer allegedly took another man's car while in Belfast for the Tennent's Vital festival, a court heard today.

Jonathan Brady is also accused of carrying out assaults on a police officer and a member of the public during his weekend trip to the city.

A judge was told the 21-year-old had been drinking despite being on medication for mental health issues.

Brady, of Cusher Green in Mountnorris, Co Armagh, was granted bail but ordered not to be drunk in public.

He faces charges of taking a Peugeot 406 without the owner's consent and attempted criminal damage to the vehicle's rear window.

The alleged offences are connected to an incident in the Balmoral Road area on Saturday.

Further charges of common assault, assault on a policeman and resisting a constable were put to him as he appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court.

Opposing bail, a police officer claimed there was a strong risk of re-offending.

A defence lawyer disclosed: "This happened at the Tennent's Vital concert. (He had) too much alcohol taken."

Despite police objections, District Judge Desmond Perry ruled Brady could be released from custody.

"We are dealing with a rather sad case," he remarked.

Mr Perry also directed that the accused must live with his mother and abide by a night-time curfew and electronic monitoring.

Brady is due back in court on September 28.

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