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Shop owner was attacked with hammer, court told

By Alan Erwin

A shop owner was beaten about the head with a hammer after chasing Christmas Eve robbers, the High Court has heard.

Jack Legge needed stitches and staples for wounds inflicted as he tried to stop two raiders who seized tills full of cash from his north Belfast newsagents, prosecutors said.

Details emerged as bail was refused to one of the men accused of carrying out the raid. Rejecting Patrick McGurk's application, Mr Justice Stephens said: "There's not been a single word of remorse or compassion uttered by the applicant."

The 26-year-old defendant faces charges of possessing an offensive weapon, namely a hammer, and causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Legge.

McGurk, of Albert Street in the city, is further accused of the robbery of a till and cash, and threatening to destroy the premises.

He is alleged to have gone into C&D Newsagents on the Shore Road on Christmas Eve with a second robber and taken two cash tills.

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