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Bail condition bans triple assault accused from going within 250 metres of Daisy Hill Hospital

Case adjourned until February for an update on the file

Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry

A man accused of being aggressive at Daisy Hill has been banned from coming within 250 metres of the Newry hospital as part of bail conditions.

Stephen Ernest Cooke, 44, of Golf Terrace, Banbridge, appeared charged with disorderly behaviour, three counts of assault on police and resisting arrest at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

A police constable, who was asked to relay details in the case, said she believed she could connect accused to the charges.

She stated that on December 20, at around 4pm, police responded to a report of an aggressive male at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

When officers arrived they were told by staff that the male had walked off in the direction of the city centre.

A description was taken and it is alleged that Cooke matched the description and was found on Hospital Road.

The constable claimed that as police spoke to the defendant they could smell intoxicating liquor on his breath.

At this point, District Judge Eamon King stated: “Oh, I see where this is going.”

Prosecution asked that the matter be adjourned until February 13 for an update on the file.

District Judge King freed Cooke on his own bail of £250 with conditions that he not go within 250 metres of Daisy Hill Hospital, is not to be intoxicated in public, to submit to a preliminary breath test when required and not to enter licensed premises.

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