Belfast Telegraph

Murder bid accused refuses to face court

A man charged with attempted murder, attempted rape and threats to kill has refused to appear in court.

Brian Edward Galbraith (44), of no fixed abode, refused to leave the cells at Ards Magistrates Court to be connected to the charges.

They relate to an alleged incident in High Street in Holywood last Sunday.

Before the court case began a solicitor for the accused said that the 44-year-old had declined legal representation.

“He now wants to represent himself in this case,” Galbraith’s solicitor said.

Deputy District Judge Sarah Creanor was then informed by court staff that the defendant was refusing to leave his cell.

The judge replied: “It’s not as though we can drag him out. There is nothing we can do.”

A police officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

Galbraith was remanded in custody. He is due to appear back in court later this month.

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