A man accused of shouting sectarian slogans outside Belfast City Hall wants out of prison to take a lie detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show, the High Court heard today.
Frederick Boyd is desperate to go on the daytime television programme to clear his name over separate allegations for which he was attacked in custody, his lawyer said.
A judge agreed to grant bail after the 22-year-old defendant’s grandmother pledged to move in with him.
Boyd, with a former address at Mark Street in Newtownards, Co Down, currently faces charges of disorderly behaviour and doing a provocative act.
He is alleged to have scaled a pillar at the front of City Hall on January 23 while draped in Union flags and shouted obscenities at passers-by.
A crowd of up to 60 people heard him shout ‘No Surrender’, ‘F*** the Pope’ and ‘Up the Shankill’, the court heard.
Following his arrest Boyd claimed loyalist paramilitaries had put a gun to his head and told him to do it.
He was charged and released on police bail, only to be detained again after a further incident on May 15 in Larne, Co Antrim where he now lives.
Prosecutor Conor Gillespie claimed Boyd approached a shop owner in the town, called him a ‘PSNI tout’ and then lunged at him with a screwdriver.
A brief struggle broke out before the accused ran away, it was alleged.
No screwdriver was recovered when he was arrested, but police did seize a tube suspected of being used for smoking cannabis.
Boyd, who claimed instead that the shop owner grabbed him, faces charges of assault and possession of an offensive weapon with intent over that incident.
As he sought bail today defence barrister Michael Boyd claimed his client suffered repeated beatings at the hands of paramilitaries in Newtownards.
His grandmother who helped raise him was herself subjected to a severe assault too, the court heard.
Mr Boyd also submitted that the accused has been targeted and injured since being brought into custody.
Those alleged attacks were in connection with a separate incident not before the court.
But Boyd now believes an appearance on the tabloid-style chat show will bring them to an end.
The barrister disclosed: “He tells me one of the reasons he’s desperate to be released on bail is that he’s determined to try and take a lie detector test.
“He thinks the best way to do that is on the Jeremy Kyle TV show.”
Asked by Mr Justice Weir if that was anything like the Stephen Nolan Show, Mr Boyd described it as “more extreme”.
The judge responded: “I can’t for a minute imagine that.”
Bail was granted after the accused’s grandmother went into the witness box to give an emotional address.
Kathleen Boyd told the court his anger stems from what loyalists have done to both of them.
“On Remembrance Sunday a group of paramilitaries beat me and my grandson had to watch that, and they wrecked my kitchen,” she said.
“This is why he feels so bitter about things.”
She confirmed to Mr Justice Weir that she was prepared to move to Larne to live with her grandson.
Granting bail on that basis, the judge imposed a curfew, alcohol ban and prohibition on entering parts of the town.
He also ordered electronic tagging after Boyd exhorted him to include the condition to ensure police cannot accuse him of any breach.
Directing the accused to seek medical help within three days, Mr Justice Weir told him: “You’re only 22 years of age and you look about 45.
“You can’t go on like this. You have to get your life sorted out.