Man headbutted on steps of Downpatrick Courthouse

Man headbutted on steps of Downpatrick Courthouse

A MAN was headbutted on the steps of Downpatrick Courthouse.

At the same courthouse, on Monday, a defence lawyer said Jonathan Bowe (40), of Killynure Green, Carryduff, was pleading guilty to the assault which occurred on April 15 this year.

A  prosecution lawyer told Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Monday Bowe had approached the man who was standing on the steps of Downpatrick Courthouse on April 15.

The prosecutor said the man had been attending the court in April in relation to a case in which Bowe's girlfriend was an alleged victim.

Bowe had been with his girlfriend on April 15 and began to verbally abuse the man, the prosecutor added, "with threats such as 'I'll hammer the head off you' and along the lines of 'I'll be waiting for you outside'."

Bowe then approached the man in a "clear attempt to intimidate him, invading his personal space, and proceeding to headbutt the victim on the left hand side of his head".

The prosecutor said the man was "shocked, shaking and in fear of the defendant".

Bowe continued into the courthouse where police located him waiting in a 'witness room'.

A defence lawyer said the man who was assaulted on April 15 had been at court as a defendant on trial charged with allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill Bowe's girlfriend and allegedly making a threat to kill against police.

He said the man had not been injured and he was a "little sceptical as to how shaken he was".

The lawyer said Bowe had a "horrendous" record.

District Judge Amanda Brady said: "I take that very seriously for witnesses coming to this court to give evidence and they end up being assaulted, threatened, etc, by this defendant".

The judge adjourned the case to mid-October for a pre-sentence report.

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