Court hears man sleeping on a sofa at home in Bangor was allegedly attacked by an intruder wielding an iron bar

Court hears man sleeping on a sofa at home in Bangor was allegedly attacked by an intruder wielding an iron bar

A MAN sleeping on a sofa at his home in Bangor at 5.30pm on December 20 was allegedly attacked by an intruder wielding an iron bar, a court heard.

Details emerged as James Archibald Boyd (51), with an address listed as Riverside Meadows in Ballynahinch, appeared via videolink at Newtownards Magistrates Court (main picture) charged with aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on a person whilst having a 'weapon of offence, namely an iron bar'.

He is also charged with making a threat to damage the property.

Objecting to bail, a police officer said a man was sleeping on a sofa at home in Bangor at 5.30pm on Monday December 20 when he was awakened by being hit at least five times with an iron bar on the head, body and legs.

The man alleged it was Boyd who made reference to a "debt" and the defendant was accused of saying: "Get me the money or I will burn your house down".

The man suffered a cut to his head, a swollen knee and a graze to his lower leg, the officer said.

The officer said the defendant was arrested at his home address and a search located a crow bar and a wheel brace.

The policeman said Boyd denied the allegations in a prepared statement during a PSNI interview.

He said Boyd had 181 convictions in Northern Ireland.

District Judge Mark Hamill refused bail saying the alleged offence happened at a time when the accused was on bail regarding matters "on both sides of the border".

He refused bail on the grounds of a risk of further offending and a "real risk of interference with the witnesses".

The case was adjourned to January 19.