Man accused over Ballymena incident in which man received stab wounds is refused bail

Man accused over Ballymena incident in which man received stab wounds is refused bail

A MAN accused of possessing a knife with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and who was also allegedly disorderly in the Crebilly Road area of Ballymena on June 12 this year has been refused bail.

Daniel Sherwin (22), formerly with an address listed as Shanlieve in Ballymena, is also charged with attempted grievous bodily harm and assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

A police officer said police were called to an assault at Crebilly Road by a member of the public who saw an "attack" through the window of a flat.

Sherwin said he had been "play fighting and it was fair digs" but police noticed a man had been stabbed in the neck and abdomen but the man "appeared to know nothing about the injuries".

The man was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The court heard at the time of the incident the defendant had been "sofa surfing" and was staying with the man.

The defendant shouted at police and attempted to bite an officer.

During a police interview he said he had been drinking all day and "didn't remember anything" but did say he thought he had been "trying to bite the body worn video".

The case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court which heard the defendant had 20 previous convictions.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant had been on remand in custody since June.

The defendant is also accused in relation to alleged incidents in January this year.

He is accused of assaulting a male occasioning him actual bodily harm; setting a dog on the male thereby injuring him and being the keeper of a dog that attacked a male in Ballymena.

The police officer said at 1.30am on January 13 a man said he was approached by two males, one of whom had a 'Staffie' Dog.

He officer said the man said Sherwin was "immediately aggressive" to him shouting 'where the f..k is my money?'

The man said the defendant attacked him and "instructed the dog to attack" and was bitten on his back.

When he fell to the ground the man said he was punched by Sherwin, the officer told the court.

Meanwhile, the court heard a man was walking home early in the morning on January 23 this year when he saw a male on the ground at Mill Mews who looked as if he had been assaulted.

The man said he was punched on the eye causing him to fall to the ground.

He then heard a shout of 'get him' and then felt tugging on his left leg and realised a dog was attacking him.

Another male said he was also attacked by a dog which had been "let out" of a property by a male named 'Daniel'.

The police officer said Sherwin denied assaults and denied the dog attacked one man.

Sherwin told police he did see the dog attacking another man but said he had not "set it on him" but that due to an "ongoing fight" somebody had opened his door and the dog ran out and launched an attack as the animal "did not like commotion".

The defence lawyer said Sherwin denies offences in January.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was concerned about further offending and refused bail.

The cases were adjourned to October 14 and October 25.