Judge refuses to vary bail following 'audacious' baseball bat incident in Newtownards

Judge refuses to vary bail following 'audacious' baseball bat incident in Newtownards

A JUDGE refused an application to vary bail to allow a man to return to his address in Newtownards saying he was concerned at the defendant's alleged "audacious" grabbing of a baseball bat from a police officer.

William Albert Joseph McCabe (42), with an address listed as Weavers Grange, is charged with assaulting a police officer and 'perverting the course of justice' by removing 'evidence from a crime scene' on May 22 this year.

A previous court heard the defendant was arrested following an alleged incident in the Weavers Court area in which a baseball bat was said to have been involved.

A prosecutor told the earlier hearing police arrived and attempted to seize the baseball bat but McCabe allegedly wrestled with an officer while another accused fled with the bat.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court on Monday November 15, District Judge Mark Hamill said it was "deeply concerning that a member of the public would be so audacious as to take from the police, by force, an item of interest to the police".

He refused to vary the bail and said he was "amazed" the defendant had received bail in the first place.

The case was adjourned to December 16.