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Man who ‘assaulted woman’ and ‘threatened to damage windows’ of Belfast business refused bail

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The 38-year-old appeared via videolink at Belfast Magistrates' Court

The 38-year-old appeared via videolink at Belfast Magistrates' Court

The 38-year-old appeared via videolink at Belfast Magistrates' Court

A 38-year-old man accused of threatening to smash the windows of a city centre business was refused bail today .

Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said he could not "safely release" Phillip Michael Wilson from custody over fears he would re-offend.

Wilson, whose address was given as 'no fixed abode', appeared via videolink at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

After confirming he could see and hear the court, he was charged with three offences dated July 20, 2021.

Wilson was charged with unlawfully assaulting a woman and threatening the same woman that he would damage windows belonging to Freshly Chopped.

He was also charged with disorderly behaviour at Donegall Square West, and confirmed he understood the charges.

Wilson was then connected to the three charges by a police constable, who told the court bail was opposed.

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Outlining the reasons, the policewoman said that as Wilson has no address there was a risk he would re-offend.

She told Judge McStay that Wilson had 91 previous convictions, had served a recent prison sentence for assault and had breached bail on 16 occasions.

Saying police had doubts Wilson would abide by bail conditions if released, the constable also raised concerns about Wilson attending court.

A defence barrister said his client did have accommodation in Belfast, where he has been living since his release from jail six weeks ago.

The barrister said many of Wilson's difficulties were linked to periods of homelessness, and said Wilson would abide by any conditions imposed - including an exclusion from Belfast city centre.

Noting Wilson "has been before the court three times already this year", Judge McStay said: "I am not satisfied I could safely release this man on bail.”

The Judge also branded Wilson's record as "terrible" and said the alleged offending this week came "hot on the heels of a custodial sentence”.

Bail was refused, Wilson was remanded into custody and the case was re-listed for August 12.


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