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Man accused of attacking woman fled police to 'attend football match,' court hears

Belfast High Court
Belfast High Court

By Alan Erwin

A Co Fermanagh man accused of attacks on a woman allegedly fled from police to go to a football match in England, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors claimed Mark Sheridan escaped out a bathroom window after being found hiding under a bed.

The 23-year-old was arrested again a week later at an undisclosed location in England, a judge was told.

Sheridan, of Ann Street in Enniskillen, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault - both against the same woman.

He is further accused of resisting police and criminal damage to a G4S security tag.

The alleged offences occurred on dates between March 27 and April 1 this year.

During a bail application a Crown lawyer said police attended Sheridan's home on April 2 in a bid to locate him.

She claimed the defendant failed to appear at the door, but was discovered beneath a bed.

"He then requested to go to the bathroom, where he climbed out a window and evaded police," the prosecutor alleged.

The court was told Sheridan was detained in England on April 10.

He was seeking temporary release from custody to undergo a medical procedure.

Defence counsel confirmed Sheridan's reasons for travelling across the Irish Sea.

"He had tickets for a football match," the barrister said.

"It wasn't his intent to flee to England indefinitely."

But refusing bail, His Honour Judge Grant responded: "He was going to a football match and then coming back. I'm not impressed."

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