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Markethill man to contest that assault caused actual bodily harm

Armagh Courthouse

A Markethill man is to contest allegation that an assault he committed on another man led to actual bodily harm.

The 27-year-old’s barrister informed the court that the defendant would plea to the lesser charge of common assault.

Darren McDowell, of Gosford Gardens, appeared charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Armagh Magistrates’ last Tuesday.

As the defendant stood in the dock, the charges were read out which alleged that the offence occurred on June 29 and related to another male.

McDowell elected for the case to proceed in the Magistrates’ court as he entered a plea of not guilty.

Defence barrister Bobbie Rea stated that he could indicate that the defendant would plead guilty to the lesser charge of section 42 common assault.

Prosecution asked for time for the availability of the injured party to be ascertained.

The case was adjourned until October 29 for a contest date to be fixed.

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