Belfast Telegraph

Man glassed driver in face after lift into Belfast, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly smashed a glass into the face of a driver after being given a lift in Belfast, a court heard.

Deaglan Bassett, 27, is also accused of breaking a police USB stick containing evidence of the suspected attack.

The alleged victim, a Syrian man, was said to have sustained serious facial injuries.

However, a detective confirmed there is no suggestion of any racial motive behind the incident at Hatfield Street in the early hours of August 4.

Bassett, of Ballynafoy Close in the city, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal damage and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Belfast Magistrates' Court was told the injured party gave a man and two women a lift from the Ormeau Road to a city centre and then back to Hatfield Street.

According to police he dropped them off and parked before the group approached him again.

"The male smashed a glass into his face, causing severe injuries to his face," the detective said.

CCTV footage from the hotel area allegedly connects Bassett to the incident.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall heard claims that after he was interviewed on Thursday he snapped a USB pen in two in a bid to destroy evidence.

Opposing bail, the detective asserted: "Police believe he's a danger to the public."

A defence lawyer stressed Bassett went to the PSNI voluntarily once he became aware they were looking for him.

He argued that the evidence against his client is circumstantial.

Bassett has also consented to participate in an identification process and provide DNA samples.

Bail was refused, however, due to the potential risk of re-offending.

Mrs Bagnall remanded the accused in custody to appear again by video-link on September 20.

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