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Man attacked with broken bottle in Botanic Gardens assault, say police


Police and sunbathers in Botanic Gardens in Belfast

Police and sunbathers in Botanic Gardens in Belfast

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Police and sunbathers in Botanic Gardens in Belfast

A man found injured in a south Belfast park was allegedly attacked with a broken beer bottle, a court was told on Monday.

Police who discovered him were also told he had been kicked to the head and face during fighting at Botanic Gardens last Friday night.

Details emerged as a 31-year-old man appeared at the city's magistrates court accused of carrying out the attack.

Jason Strain, of Drumbeg Drive in Dunmurry, denies charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon with intent.

A detective said police went to the park following reports of clashes between a large group of males.

The alleged victim, aged in his 20s, was discovered lying on the ground.

It was reported that he had been unconscious and kicked about the body.

Paramedics took him to hospital for treatment to leg, face and head injuries.

Opposing Strain's application for bail, the detective said one of those at the scene had identified him as the perpetrator.

She told the court the witness claimed to have observed Strain smash beer bottles together and use one of them in the assault.

Defence solicitor Norman Shannon raised issues about a potential case of mistaken identity.

Bail was refused, however, due to the risk of further offences.

District Judge George Conner remanded Strain in custody, to appear again by video-link in two weeks time.

Belfast Telegraph