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Man told to WhatsApp sick dad as bail conditions ban him from entering Co Armagh

A man has been granted bail despite taking issue with a condition which bans him from entering Co Armagh.

The 26-year-old said this would pose a problem as he would not be able to see his sick father.

Brian Ward, 26, of Moyraverty Court, Craigavon appeared, via videolink from Maghaberry, charged with common assault and criminal damage at Magistrates’ on Friday.

District Judge Bernie Kelly agreed to bail the defendant to his aunt’s house in Belfast but stated Ward had “no reason” to enter Co Armagh, except for coming to court.

The defendant told the court this would be an issue as it would prevent him from visiting his ill father.

Judge Kelly countered this by saying there were other means of contact such as “call, Skype or WhatsApp”.

A constable informed the judge that an alcohol ban along with a curfew were sought as they were relevant to the alleged offence.

Ward was granted his own bail of £250, to reside at the offered address in Belfast.

He was told he was not to take any alcohol or drugs and was subject to a curfew between 8pm and 6am.

The defendant was also told he was not to enter co. Armagh saves for attending court.

The case will continue for an update on October 19.

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