Court hears man sleeping on sofa at his Bangor home was 'attacked with iron bar'

Court hears man sleeping on sofa at his Bangor home was 'attacked with iron bar'

A MAN sleeping on a sofa at his home in Bangor was allegedly attacked by his uncle wielding an iron bar, Newtownards Magistrates Court was told.

James Archibald Boyd (52), with an address listed as Riverside Meadows in Ballynahinch, appeared via videolink from prison 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 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 last year when he was awakened by being hit "multiple times" with an iron bar on the head, torso and legs.

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

The officer said Boyd added that he would "come back and burn his house out."

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

The policeman said Boyd had 181 convictions and had "serious matters pending".

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

The case was adjourned to March 23.

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