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Man with ‘atrocious’ record for violence refused bail after alleged Lurgan assault

Injured party 'escaped by climbing out of window' court told

Police Donard Gardens Lurgan

A man has appeared in court on Tuesday charged with a number of offences, including an alleged serious assault, in Lurgan on Monday.

Glenn Robert King, of Montgomery Drive, Lisburn, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, via videolink from Laganside.

The 30-year-old was arrested after a report of an assault in Donard Gardens.

King has been charged with robbery of cash and a bank card, grievous bodily harm with intent, assault on police, possession of an offensive weapon, namely a metal bar, with intent to commit an indictable offence, resisting police and threats to kill.

The defendant was asked if he understood the charges, to which he replied “yes”.

Outlining the sequence of events, Constable Brown said police officers attended an address in Banbridge and spoke to the injured party.

He claimed he had been drinking with King when a verbal altercation occurred and that King had grabbed him by the neck and started punching him.

He said he was pushed to the ground and held down by his neck before being kicked and punched to the head and face.

The injured party alleged he was then struck by King with a metal pole to the back of the head and that King demanded he give him his wallet.

It was claimed that King then took the wallet containing between £180-£200 and a bank card.

The injured party further alleged that King had threatened to shoot him and members of his family with a Glock pistol.

He told police that following the assault he had managed to escape by climbing out of a window and taking a taxi to his address in Banbridge before calling police.

Police observed cuts and swelling to the rear of his head, with dried blood around the cut. He also had swelling to his right eye and lip and marks on his neck.

He was suspected to have a fractured jaw, broken nose and injury to his vertebrae.

The constable said that when police arrived at Donard Gardens, King became aggressive during arrest and tried to climb out of the window. He also actively resisted police and struck an officer on her face.

Opposing bail, the officer said there was a likelihood King was going to commit further offences, that he had a long history of offences, and there was a chance he would interfere with the victim and witnesses.

He added that King is on pre-charge bail in relation to other violent offences and that he has 35 previous convictions, including 13 for violent offences.

In reply to questions from the defence, the officer said no metal pole had been recovered from the scene and that he was “not certain” if the wallet had been found or not.

He agreed that the injured party had been drinking with the defendant and that a considerable amount of alcohol had been consumed.

District Judge Marshall described King’s record as “atrocious for violence” and refused a defence request for bail on the grounds that he was liable to commit further offences and interfere with witnesses and/or the injured party.

He was ordered to appear again at Craigavon Magistrates Court on September 14 by videolink.

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