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Bench warrant issued for arrest of assault accused freed on bail last week

Defendant failed to appear before Tuesday's court sitting in Armagh

Armagh Courthouse

A bench warrant has been issued for a Dungannon man who was granted bail last week. 

Court previously heard the 25-year-old had served the equivalent of a four-month prison sentence and that the trial did not go ahead due to the non-appearance of the alleged injured party.

Dominic Patrick McSorley, of Drumcoo Green, is charged with common assault, two counts of criminal damage, threats to damage property and intimidation of a witness.

But he did not appear at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

District Judge Copeland stated last week: “Given the way things have unfolded I find that it would be disproportionate that he should spend at least another month in custody.”

And he also warned McSorley: “Christmas is not an excuse for drinking as this had been linked to the offending.”

However, on Tuesday the defendant’s non-appearance was noted by the same judge, who in turn issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

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