Belfast Telegraph

Pair accused of armed home invasion denied bail

By Staff Reporter

Two men have been remanded in custody on suspicion of entering a house in Enniskillen brandishing metal bars with intent to inflict harm.

Appearing at Dungannon Magistrates Court were Gerard McDonagh (35), of Windmill Heights, Enniskillen, and James McDonagh (21), of Linen Mews, Lurgan.

They are jointly accused of entering the house as trespassers to cause grievous bodily harm to a male occupant in the Coolcullen Mews area on October 6.

In addition they are charged with handling stolen property including a Volkswagen Passat, beer, wine, clothes, construction equipment, a trolley jack and money.

Gerard McDonagh is also charged with driving dangerously at Sligo Road, Enniskillen, having no licence or insurance, assaulting two police officers, damaging a PSNI vehicle, failing to provide a breath specimen and using disorderly behaviour in South West Acute Hospital.

A detective constable told the court she was opposing bail because the alleged victim had been punched several times and remained in fear.

She told the hearing: "Both men made repeated threats to burn the injured party out of his home and claimed other members of their family would come after him."

The court was told Gerard McDonagh has an outstanding arrest warrant and James McDonagh had repeatedly obstructed police over the 24 hours preceding his court appearance by giving various false names. His true identity was only discovered during the early hours when he was fingerprinted.

A defence solicitor applied for his clients to be granted bail and gave an assurance they would abide by any terms set.

He said Gerard McDonagh's wife was in court and, "It is his wish to reside with his family".

Likewise, James McDonagh was said to be anxious not to be held in custody.

But District Judge John Meehan denied bail, ruling the risks were too great. The pair are to appear at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court later this month.

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