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Man's ear partly cut off in revenge attack, court told

A man was imprisoned and had part of his ear sliced off during a “sadistic” suspected revenge attack, the High Court has heard.

He was beaten along with another man after they were invited into a house in Lisburn, Co Antrim, for drinks, prosecutors said.

Up to four men were involved in the attack, which also involved two of the victim's front teeth being knocked out.

A Crown lawyer claimed one assailant said at the time that he was keeping them as a souvenir.

One of the suspects was later arrested for allegedly stamping on the head of a man in a separate attack in south Belfast.

Gary Bain (23), of Chamberlain Street in the city, denies charges of false imprisonment, grievous bodily harm with intent and assault on police.

He was refused bail on the grounds of ensuring protection to the public.

Bain is alleged to have been among men who lured two victims to a house at Tonagh Drive, Lisburn, on August 8.

Crown counsel Nicola Auret said it was believed to be a revenge attack for an assault on Bain's brother a day earlier.

Both men were punched about the head and body, the court heard. Part of one man’s ear was cut off during the attack.

Injuries inflicted on the second man included haemorrhaging to his eye.

Ms Auret said Bain was only arrested on September 11 after he allegedly attacked a man at Bradbury Place in Belfast.

Witnesses claimed the victim was knocked to the ground and kicked about the head “like a football”, the court was told. It was claimed that between the two incidents, Bain travelled to Scotland.

He was traced to Stranraer but had gone by the time a PSNI officer went over to arrest him, according to the prosecution.

A defence barrister said Bain claimed he was not at the house in Lisburn when the first attack happened.

“He would deny any involvement whatsoever and would believe these allegations are being mounted because there is a connection with himself and his brother,” the lawyer said.

Bain also rejected claims of kicking or stamping on the man at Bradbury Place.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Treacy said that on the basis of prima facie evidence, he was allegedly involved in “pre-planned, gratuitous and sadistic violence”.

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