Belfast Telegraph

Investigation as prisoner 'head-butts metal door'

By Staff Reporter

A prisoner was treated by paramedics for a head injury after apparently head-butting a door following a court appearance.

An investigation is under way into the incident at Dungannon courthouse.

Patrick Joseph Johnston (20), who is originally from Park View, Castledawson, is accused of assaulting two family members, and as a result was bailed to reside at a friend's address in Maghera.

One of the conditions imposed in that case is a ban on entering Castledawson.

He is also on bail in respect of other matters before Londonderry Crown Court.

Having been arrested on December 29 and brought to court yesterday, a police officer explained the address in Maghera is no longer available, as Johnston and his friend have fallen out.

The court heard police were called to the house in response to allegations of assault and criminal damage. The householder informed police Johnston had been "evicted" from the premises before they arrived.

Officers conducted a search and located the defendant in Castledawson shortly before 10pm, putting him in breach of bail.

As the defendant was being escorted from the dock back to the cells, a loud crack was heard and custody staff rushed back into the courtroom seeking an ambulance.

It is understood Johnston, who was kept in handcuffs throughout the hearing, head-butted an inner metal door on his way back to the cell area.

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