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Willie Frazer attack accused falls down court stairs

There was drama at a Northern Ireland court today after a Co Tyrone man accused of attacking loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer fell down the stairs of Armagh court house.

Frank McGirr, from the Shanliss Road, in Stewartstown, is accused of assaulting William Frazer and making a threat to kill the campaigner and flag protestor "intending that William Frazer would fear it would be carried out" with both offences alleged to have occurred on 28 June this year.

McGirr, who arrived at the court using a walking stick, stood in the dock and spoke only to confirm that he understood the two charges against him.

As he went to sign his bail order the 60-year-old slipped and fell down the stairs and had to be tended to by an ambulance crew for cuts and bruises. He was then brought to Craigavon Hospital.

The charges arise after Mr Frazer was attacked in the garden of his home on the Tandragee Road in Markethill, Co Armagh.

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect McGirr to the charges.

McGirr is due before the court again next month.

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