Belfast Telegraph

Drinking pal slashed disabled man in bottle attack, court told

A disabled man was slashed about the face and head during a "frenzied" suspected broken bottle attack in his home, the High Court has heard.

The victim, who suffers from cerebral palsy, needed more than 100 stitches and stables for multiple lacerations a drinking friend allegedly inflicted on him.

Prosecutors said bloodstains were discovered throughout his south Belfast flat, as well as on the stairs and elevator outside.

Both the victim and alleged attacker were said to have no memory of how the injuries occurred.

Christopher Tully (33), of Meadowbank Street, Belfast, faces a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Tully was refused bail after a judge declared that there was a duty to ensure public protection.

Crown counsel Sheena Mahaffey said Tully was arrested at his home after police were called to the Belgravia apartments off the Lisburn Road on February 9.

A warden had allegedly found the accused bleeding from his hand and saying his friend was covered in blood. The victim was found on the settee of his home, bleeding heavily from serious head, face and hand injuries.

Mrs Mahaffey told the court: "Police would say this was a frenzied attack on the injured party who is partially disabled with cerebral palsy. It is believed to have been carried out with a broken bottle."

The victim claimed to have known Tully for years, with the pair having been former drinking partners. He said the accused arrived at his home with bottles of cider and then accused him of going out with his girlfriend, according to the prosecution.

The two men were said to have argued before falling into a drunken sleep. It is alleged that Tully then launched his attack.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice McLaughlin said it would be "grossly irresponsible" to grant the application.

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