Man sleeping on sofa in Bangor was allegedly attacked with 'galvanised' iron bar

Man sleeping on sofa in Bangor was allegedly attacked with 'galvanised' iron bar

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

James Archibald Boyd (52), with an address listed as Riverside Meadows in Ballynahinch, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm; possessing an iron bar with intent to commit an offence and making a threat to damage property.

A police officer told Newtownards Magistrates Court 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 a "galvanised iron bar" on the head, torso and legs.

The officer said the man alleged it was Boyd.

The officer said the man claimed the defendant made reference to a "debt" whilst saying: "Get the money or I will burn your house down".

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

A previous court heard the man suffered a cut to his head, a swollen knee and a graze to his lower leg.

It was also previously said that the defendant had 181 convictions.

At court this week a defence lawyer said the defendant had served the equivalent of an eight months sentence by being on remand in prison on the current charges.

District Judge Mark Hamill said he objected to the prosecution objecting to bail when it was prosecutors who had decided to take the case through the Magistrates Courts rather than to the Crown Court.

The judge said bail was "unavoidable" as the "time served point is unanswerable" in the Magistrates Court.

The defendant was granted £500 bail with conditions - no contact with the injured party or his mother; a 9pm-7am curfew and he is barred from Bangor.

The case was adjourned to May 4.