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Man couldn't attend court over Larne 'feud' because leg was broken in assault

A man who was arrested by police investigating incidents linked to a "feud" in Larne was unable to appear in court because his leg was broken in an assault, it has emerged.

James Alexander Hassin (32) of Ardclinis Gardens, Larne, is charged with assaulting Sean McRandle and is also accused of making threats to damage a house and car belonging to Mr McRandle.

The charges relate to April 13 this year.

Hassin was due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday where, in his absence, a police officer said he believed he could connect him to the charges.

A defence lawyer said his client was "the victim of a significant assault" in which his leg was broken in at least two places and as such he would not be present in court.

A prosecutor said a full file regarding the charges being faced by Hassin is still awaited and said there is a co-accused.

Hassin is on continuing police bail and his case has been adjourned until June.

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