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Man covered in blood went into shop after attack, court is told

By Nevin Farrell

A bare-chested man "covered in blood" entered a shop in Larne shortly after police were called to a report of a serious assault in the town on Monday night, a court has heard.

The details emerged as Keith Crawford appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday.

Crawford (38), of Curran Road, Larne, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent on October 9.

Objecting to bail, a police officer said at around 10pm on Monday, police received a number of reports that someone was being attacked under a flyover in the High Street/Glynn Road area in the centre of the town.

He added the victim was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital with "substantial facial injuries". The officer said that after the assault a bare-chested man "covered in blood" had entered a shop saying he had been fighting before leaving in the direction of the Simon Community on Curran Road.

Police later found Crawford in a room there.

The officer added the injured party told police he was punched to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the face.

The policeman said bail was opposed on the grounds of a likelihood to commit further offences; Crawford's previous record which included assaults; his recent release from prison and his history of failing to turn up for court.

He added the defendant and the victim lived at the same address in Larne.

The officer said police wish to speak to a number of other people in connection with the incident.

Defence barrister Chris Sherrard told the court his client had made denials "by virtue of a self-defence case".

He asked that Crawford be released on bail to an address outside Larne.

The officer said if that was to be the case there would need to be conditions. ­

District Judge Peter King released Crawford on his own bail of £500 with conditions that included a ban from Larne; he has to reside at an address to be approved by police; a night-time curfew; electronic tagging and he is not allowed to attend the Royal Victoria Hospital or the Ulster Hospital.

Crawford also has to report daily to police, must not consume alcohol and is not to visit licensed premises.

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