Five men to stand trial accused of attacking former loyalist in bar room brawl
Five men have been ordered to stand trial accused of a bar room attack on a former leading loyalist.
Aaron Cahoon, 28, David Rush, 35, David Gibson, 45, Robert Campbell, 33, and Joshua Wylie, 20, were allegedly part of a group who beat Darren Moore with a hammer and bats at a pub in Doagh, Co Antrim in March 2017.
They appeared together at Belfast Magistrates' Court jointly charged with intentionally causing him grievous bodily harm, possessing offensive weapons with intent to commit an indictable offence, and affray.
Moore, in his forties and formerly from the Mount Vernon area of Belfast, was said to have been attacked inside McConnell's Bar.
He sustained multiple head fractures, facial lacerations and a puncture wound to his stomach in an assault carried out while he was under threat from loyalists, detectives disclosed previously.
Up to ten men were said to have launched the attack before escaping in a number of cars.
Cahoon, of Cherrymount; Rush, from Ballyvesey Green; Gibson, of Milewater Drive - all in Newtownabbey; Campbell, from Clareville Avenue in Ballyclare; and Wylie, of Galgorm Road in Ballymena, all deny the charges.
During the preliminary enquiry hearing all five men nodded to confirm they understood the allegations against them.
None of them called witnesses or gave evidence at this stage in the proceedings.
Backing prosecution submissions that each of the accused has a case to answer, District Judge Fiona Bagnall returned them all for Crown Court trial.
She then released them on continuing bail until their arraignment on a date to be fixed.
Belfast Telegraph Digital