Assault on Belfast cyclist 'part of ongoing situation', court told
An incident in the centre of Belfast during which a cyclist was knocked off his bicycle and assaulted is "part on an ongoing situation", a court was told.
Two men appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court on a charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to another man on August 6, 2018.
Robert Davey (22) and Martin Francis James Begley (28) both spoke to confirm to the court clerk that they understood the charge levelled against them, and a police officer told the court he believed he could connect both men to the charge.
The officer was then asked several questions by Davey's solictor Tim McCrudden, and confirmed that at this stage there was "no statement from the injured party" and "no medical evidence about his injuries."
The constable was also asked a series of questions about the injured party by barrister Martin Morgan, who is representing Begley and who is instructed by HHD Solicitors.
The officer confirmed he was currently in police custody, and when asked by Mr Morgan if the injured party was "being interviewed as a suspect in other matters", the officer replied: "I believe so."
Bail applications were then launched for both accused, and while police objected to Davey's release, they took no issue with Begley getting bail.
Begley, of Rosehead in north Belfast, had several condition imposed - including staying out of the city centre, signing with police twice a week, and having no contact with either the injured party or his co-accused Davey.
Bail for Davey, of no fixed abode, was objected to, with the police officer saying "first and foremost there is no confirmed address for him." The constable also expressed concerns over interference with the injured party, telling the court: "Police are of the opinion they are known to each other ... and this is part of an ongoing situation."
The policeman told District Judge Fiona Bagnall bench warrants have been issued in the past for Davey, who is currently on probation and under a suspended sentence.
Mrs Bagnall granted Begley bail, and said Davey will also be released on bail, when a suitable address is secured, with the Judge warning Davey's solicitor "if he breaches, he will be straight back in again." The terms of Davey's bail, when perfected, will be the same as Begley's.
The case will be listed at the same court next month.
Belfast Telegraph Digital