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GBH case against lightning strike sports day dad George Allen dad adjourned

By Paul Higgins

Published 13/09/2016

Seriously injured: George Allen
Seriously injured: George Allen

A man charged with GBH remains in hospital three months after being struck by lightning, a court has heard.

Dromore man George Allen had been due to attend Lisburn Magistrates Court but defence barrister Joel Lindsay confirmed that he was seriously injured after the incident in June and "is still in hospital".

The 36-year-old, from Rampart Street in Dromore, is on bail accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Andrew Riley on June 5 this year.

He first appeared in court the following day and was granted bail.

However, later that afternoon while attending his children's school sports day, he was struck by lightning.

Staff had to use a defibrillator on Allen before an ambulance arrived.

Allen was taken to Lagan Valley Hospital and later transferred to the Ulster Hospital. It is understood he suffered organ failure. He was left in a critical condition in intensive care.

Allen spent a month in a coma after the freak accident at Killowen Primary School.

His son and daughter were also hurt but were released from hospital within a few days after being treated for burns.

In court yesterday, a prosecuting lawyer said the PPS had received medical evidence about the alleged victim.

However, they were still awaiting the summary of Allen's police interviews which would be required before any decision was taken regarding the prosecution.

Following a prosecution application, Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer adjourned the case to October 24.

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