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One-punch assault left victim needing jaw surgery, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man had his jaw broken in a one-punch attack outside a takeaway on a night out in Co Tyrone, the High Court heard yesterday.

The victim had surgery to have screws inserted after being knocked to the ground, prosecutors said.

Shannon McKenna (24), of Maryville in nearby Sheskinshule, faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm. He was granted bail but banned from entering Omagh or contacting the injured man.

Crown lawyer Stephanie Boyd claimed police saw the attack at John Street in the town last October 9.

The victim was punched, falling back and hitting his head on the footpath, she said.

In a statement the victim described being struck as he walked out of the takeaway by an unknown assailant, the court heard.

"He later had surgery to have four screws put into his jaw to repair it," Mrs Boyd added.

McKenna was previously released from custody, only to be detained again after a series of alleged drunken incidents in the same John Street area, the court heard.

A defence barrister argued there was confusion over an apparent prohibition on being at that location.

Following submissions, Mr Justice Deeny accepted there had been uncertainty around McKenna's earlier release terms, and decided to grant bail once more.

He ordered the accused to live with his sister under curfew, electronic monitoring and with an alcohol ban.

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