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Grimley, of no fixed address, is in custody facing charges including causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, dangerous driving, car theft, driving without insurance and while banned on February 13 this year (stock photo)

Grimley, of no fixed address, is in custody facing charges including causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, dangerous driving, car theft, driving without insurance and while banned on February 13 this year (stock photo)

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Grimley, of no fixed address, is in custody facing charges including causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, dangerous driving, car theft, driving without insurance and while banned on February 13 this year (stock photo)

Defendants can no longer use Simon Community hostels for a bail address as places are being kept for the homeless due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, a court heard yesterday.

Defence counsel Conor Coulter told Banbridge Magistrates Court sitting in Craigavon that alleged domestic abuser Kevin Barry Grimley (29) had a place at a Simon Community hostel he could be freed to live at.

A police officer told the court, however, that having spoken to those at the hostel, "under current circumstances, they're not accepting anyone on bail".

"They're prioritising places for homeless people and people in need," said DC Moyes.

Grimley, of no fixed address, is in custody facing charges including causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, dangerous driving, car theft, driving without insurance and while banned on February 13 this year.

The prosecution did not open the facts relating to those charges, but a prosecution lawyer told the court "there's an extensive [history] of domestic violence" and that Grimley's partner is "assessed as being high risk". "There are substantial grounds for believing that he will interfere with the witness and commit further offences," the lawyer added.

She said that at one stage Grimley left his alleged victim homeless after he smashed her windows, and another time, having just been freed from a police station with a no contact condition, "he phoned the victim to ask why she'd contacted police".

Highlighting there was now no suitable bail address, District Judge Mark McGarrity adjourned the bail application to next Wednesday.

Belfast Telegraph