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A man allegedly kicked in the head in Belfast city centre at the weekend may have to undergo surgery for a suspected bleed to the brain, a court has heard

A man allegedly kicked in the head in Belfast city centre at the weekend may have to undergo surgery for a suspected bleed to the brain, a court has heard

A man allegedly kicked in the head in Belfast city centre at the weekend may have to undergo surgery for a suspected bleed to the brain, a court has heard

A man allegedly kicked in the head in Belfast city centre at the weekend may have to undergo surgery for a suspected bleed to the brain, a court has heard.

Jonathan Meniece (26), of Tennent Street in the city, is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm in the attack at Victoria Street on Saturday night. But at Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday, a defence lawyer said the alleged victim had confirmed he did not want to co-operate with the investigation.

However, a PSNI officer responded: "Police witnessed the assault and witnessed the defendant kick the injured party."

Seeking bail, Meniece's solicitor argued the alleged victim's attitude means the case may never proceed. He said his client should not face a lengthy period in custody, citing mental health issues. "Prison is not the place for this young man," he added.

District Judge Amanda Henderson adjourned the hearing for further information to be provided. Meniece was remanded in custody to appear again tomorrow.

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