Gun charge accused Jonathan Graham Orr allowed to go to Christening

The case was heard at Belfast Crown Court
The case was heard at Belfast Crown Court

A south Belfast man who is facing charges arising from a “drugs related shooting” has been granted compassionate bail to allow him to attend his child’s Christening.

Jonathan Graham Orr, from Beechill Park Avenue, is currently on remand in prison on two charges linked to a gun attack earlier this year.

The 29-year-old has been charged with wounding a man with intent on January 9, and also of possessing a firearm - namely a black handgun - with intent to cause fear of violence.

Earlier on Thursday at Belfast Crown Court, a solicitor acting on behalf of Orr made the compassionate bail application in front of Judge Gordon Kerr QC.

The solicitor asked that Orr be released to attend the ‘dedication’ service in the Elim Church next weekend.

A Crown prosecutor said that Orr was facing charges in relation to a “drugs related shooting”, addding “this is a case where the police have concerns.”

Telling the court “the victim in this case and his partner are in fear of this man”, the prosecutor also expressed concerns that “there would be a temptation to potentially drink”, given that after the church service, there will also be a function in the annex of a nearby hotel.

Orr’s solictor reminded the court that his client was released on compassionate bail earlier this year so he could be at the birth of his child, which presented no problems.

Judge Kerr agreed to grant bail and ordered that Orr be released from prison at noon next Sunday and returned again at 6pm.