Fire extinguisher attack left Carrick pub doorman with 'life-changing' injuries, court told
Three men have appeared in court charged with attacking the doorman of a Carrickfergus pub with a fire extinguisher.
Brothers Ian and Brian Sinclair, along with co-accused Glen McCullough, appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday for the March 2017 attack.
The doorman of the Royal Oak bar sustained life-changing injuries after he was battered with the fire extinguisher, with the court being told that at present he is recovering from "significant surgery".
All three men - who are originally from Carrickfergus - initially faced a charge of attempting to murder the doorman on the evening of March 11. However, the trio have since been charged with the lesser offence of causing the doorman grievous bodily harm with intent.
Ian Sinclair (37) from Mount Vernon Park in Belfast, and his 51-year-old brother Brian, whose address was given as Worley House Hotel on Rowland Road in Scunthorpe, both denied the charge.
When the offence of causing the doorman grievous bodily harm with intent was put to both brothers, they each replied "not guilty".
Glen McCullough (53), from Churchview Terrace in Doagh, was charged with the same offence. He replied by saying he was not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, but guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
After all three defendants entered their pleas, Crown barrister Sam Magee told Judge Patricia Smyth that the trial is expected to last two weeks.
Judge Smyth said that the case will be mentioned again at the end of January, ahead of a proposed trial in April.
Before the defendants left court, the barrister representing Ian Sinclair asked that a condition of his bail be varied.
He is currently banned from entering licensed premises. However, James Gallagher QC asked that this restriction be removed, so he can have a "basic social life".
When asked the Crown's view by Judge Smyth, prosecutor Sam Magee said the request was opposed. He said: "This is a case which arose out of a very serious incident where we say violence was committed by this applicant whilst drunk."
Judge Smyth said she was prepared to relax the condition to allow him to attend restaurants, but said: "I want to make it absolutely clear that he is not permitted to drink alcohol at all. He is not permitted to be on licensed premises, other than restaurants. Any breach of that condition and bail will be revoked."