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Belfast attempted murder accused fails in bid to be released from custody

By Alan Erwin

One of four men accused of attempted murder following a suspected paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast has failed in a bid to be released from custody.

Ciaran Fryers was refused bail on charges connected to last month's alleged assault, the Courts Service confirmed.

The 35-year-old, of Lagmore Avenue in the Dunmurry area, faces a further count of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to the same man.

He was arrested earlier this week along with three co-defendants accused of the same two offences.

The charges against them relate to an alleged attack carried out at a location on September 28.

At their first court appearance police described it as a paramilitary-style assault.

A detective confirmed no statement has been received from the alleged victim, claiming this may partially be due to fear on his part.

On that basis reporting restrictions were imposed to protect the man's identity.

Fryers was the first of the four accused to seek bail.

But a District Judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court denied the application due to concerns about potential further offences and interference with witnesses.

His co-accused, Mark McGrann, 35, of Old Colin; 42-year-old Stephen McCullagh, from Aspen Park; and Sean Megaw, 30, of Brians Well Grove - all in the Dunmurry area - remain in custody.

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