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Newry hatchet attack accused claimed hands injured ‘punching wall after Liverpool lost Champions League Final’

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Gallogly is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with an attack at a caravan in Newry earlier this month.

Gallogly is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with an attack at a caravan in Newry earlier this month.

Gallogly is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with an attack at a caravan in Newry earlier this month.

A man accused of taking part in a feud-related hatchet attack on two other men claimed he sustained hand injuries punching a wall after Liverpool lost the Champions League Final, the High Court heard today.

Jamie Gallogly, 27, is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the suspected outburst of violence at a caravan in Newry earlier this month.

He was granted bail under strict conditions, including a ban on entering the city.

Prosecutors claimed the victims were asleep in a mobile home on the Moorhill Road when two masked and hooded men, armed with hatchets, smashed their way in and attacked them on June 1.

They each sustained fractured skulls, punctured or collapsed lungs, and serious lacerations.

Both men remain in hospital, with one currently using a wheelchair and potentially facing a period in a temporary care home.

Gallogly, of Main Street in Belleek, Co Armagh, has been named as one of the alleged assailants.

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He faces further charges of aggravated burglary, criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon in connection with the attack.

Crown lawyer Stewart Hindley said when police went to Gallogly’s home they detected a strong smell of bleach, a fire smouldering in the grate and blood on a door handle.

Injuries to the accused’s hands were noted after his arrest, the court was told.

Mr Hindley disclosed: “He said he had punched a wall in frustration after Liverpool lost the Champions League (Final) on May 28.”

Opposing bail, the barrister added: “Police believe there is an ongoing feud involving a number of organised crime gangs.”

Aaron Thompson, defending, acknowledged that two men had been “gravely injured” at the mobile home.

But with Gallogly said to have provided an alibi account, the barrister confirmed: “He denies being involved or being there.”

Granting bail under terms which include a curfew and the lodging of two £5,000 cash sureties, Mr Justice O’Hara told the accused: “You are excluded from the city of Newry.”


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