Man refused bail over south Belfast assault charge


A man allegedly attacked in Belfast at the weekend is still unable to make a full complaint, a court has heard.

A judge was told the victim cannot yet provide a written account of what happened at a property in the south of the city.

His condition was disclosed as bail was refused to the man accused of inflicting the injuries.

Piaras Devenney, 23, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Michael Skelly.

Devenney, of Rosemount Gardens in the city, faces further counts of assault on police and resisting arrest.

The alleged offences were committed from last Friday night into Saturday morning.

A police officer who connected him to the charges confirmed the injured man is not yet able to provide a written statement.

Seeking bail, defence solicitor Conor Houston argued that his client should be released on that basis.

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall denied the application due to the risk of reoffending or interference with witnesses.

Devenney was remanded into custody to appear again by video link in two weeks time.