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Judge grants removal of 'embarrassing' tag for machete attack accused

A student facing attempted murder charges over an alleged machete attack can get rid of his “embarrassing” electronic tag for returning to university, a High Court judge has ruled.

Lord Justice Coghlin granted Connor Maskey's request to have the monitoring device removed from his ankle, but stressed that police must accept responsibility for any consequences.

The 20-year-old, of Bingnian Drive, Belfast, made the application to vary his bail terms as he was embarrassed by wearing the tag, a prosecution barrister said.

He is charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with an alleged attack on a father and son in the city.

Prosecution counsel Conor Maguire told the court yesterday that police accepted removal of the device would help the accused at university.

Lord Justice Coghlin said: ”If police are satisfied they can cope with the risk of him breaching his night time curfew without a tag... that is a high responsibility should anything occur as a consequence of police agreeing to remove the tag.

“I will remove the tag on that basis — that police take full responsibility for the removal.”

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