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Laganside Court in Belfast. (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)

Laganside Court in Belfast. (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)

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Laganside Court in Belfast. (Liam McBurney/PA Wire)

Two men have been remanded in custody on charges connected to an alleged hammer assault in east Belfast.

Daniel Cooper, 26, and Wayne Kirkwood, 29, are accused of taking part in the attack on a man at Lord Street last Friday.

Police said the victim, aged in his thirties, was taken to hospital with injuries to his head and jaw.

Cooper, of Devenish Drive in Newtownabbey, and Kirkwood, from Parkgate Crescent in Belfast, appeared at the city’s Magistrates Court today on charges related to the incident.

Both men are accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and possessing an offensive weapon - namely a hammer – with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Kirkwood faces further counts of possessing Class C drugs - diazepam - and criminal damage to a cell block phone belonging to the PSNI.

His application for bail was refused, according to the Courts Service.

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Cooper did not seek release at this stage due to issues with any available address.

District Judge Mark McGarrity remanded the two defendants in custody, to appear again by video-link on August 1.


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