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Man's cheek bitten off in snooker room fight

By Alan Erwin

A man had part of his cheek bitten off during a fight in a hostel snooker room, the High Court heard today.

Ryan Lundy is alleged to have carried out the attack on David Murphy at Simon Community premises in Armagh.

The 21-year-old accused claims instead to have acted in self-defence amid attempts to strangle him.

Lundy, originally from Belfast but with an address at Linenhall Street, Armagh, is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm to Mr Murphy last Friday.

He faces further counts of assault on police, resisting arrest, and possession of cannabis and Diazapam discovered after officers were called to the scene.

As Lundy mounted an application for bail a judge was told he has now been barred from all Simon Community accommodation.

Prosecutor Conor Gillespie said PSNI officers were called about a fight in a recreation room at the Linen Court premises on November 14.

"Police spoke to a David Murphy who alleged the applicant attacked him and bit his cheek," the barrister said.

"Police saw there was a chunk of flesh missing from it."

Lundy allegedly struggled aggressively and spat at an officer during attempts to arrest him.

"It took five police officers to lift him from the hostel into a cell van," Mr Gillespie added.

Lundy claimed small amounts of drugs later found in his room were for him and his friends, the court heard.

Defence counsel confirmed his client will be claiming he acted to defend himself.

"Mr Lundy did present at the police station with bruising around his neck," the barrister said.

"He will make the case that the injured party attempted to strangle him in the course of a drunken argument which took place in the snooker room."

Mr Justice Horner was told Lundy could live at the home of his girlfriend's mother in Newtownabbey.

But the judge adjourned the bail application for checks to be carried out.

He said police should establish whether the mother is aware of the charges against Lundy.

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