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Belfast man accused of attacking woman with baseball bat granted bail

Sean Dreelan
Sean Dreelan
John Toner

by John Toner

A man accused of attacking a woman while armed with a baseball bat has been released on bail.

Sean Dreelan, (29), from The Bone area of north Belfast, appeared at Laganside Magistrates Court on Saturday morning charged with possessing an offensive weapon and assault.

Police were called on Friday evening to an altercation involving three men and a woman in Clifton Park Avenue, north Belfast, resulting in all four individuals being arrested.

Dreelan required 10 staples in the back of his head after being struck with a seven-foot metal pole during the skirmish, the court was told.

A 21-year-old relative of Dreelan was hospitalised following the incident.

A 33-year-old man, who suffered minor injuries, and an uninjured 22-year-old woman were released on police bail.

During his police interview Dreelan mentioned “retaliation” and told officers other people involved would “not be staying in Clifton Park Avenue for long and would be intimidated out.”

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However his solicitor told the court officers observed Dreelan to be “dazed and confused” and still suffering the effects of his head injury when making the statement.

Police opposed his bail application saying he was out on licence for other offences at the time of the alleged incident and were concerned he would re-offend.

However, district judge Harry McKibbin released him under “very tight” bail conditions which included not to enter Clifton Park Avenue and not to have any contact with the injured parties in the case.

Dreelan, of Ballynure Street, was bailed to reapper at Laganside Magistrates Court on December 13.

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