Northern Ireland

Limavady attack accused 'stamped on man's head'

Belfast High Court
Image caption The hearing took place at Belfast High Court

A man's head was allegedly stamped on repeatedly during an attack outside a Limavady pub, the High Court has heard.

The victim was then kicked again as his wife tended to him on the ground, prosecutors claimed.

Jason Murphy, 20, faces charges of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault and disorderly behaviour over the incident.

Mr Murphy, from Mount Eden in the town, was refused bail after a judge ruled that his application had no merit.

He is alleged to have carried out the attack in the Catherine Street area on the night of 12 July.

CCTV footage and witness statements have been obtained as part of the police investigation.

It was claimed that the victim was knocked to the ground and then dragged to the roadside where his head was placed at the kerb.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, said Murphy is alleged to have stamped on his head twice.

The accused walked away before returning and launching another attack, it was claimed.

Murphy insisted he acted in self-defence and denied any kicking or stamping, the court heard.

His barrister pointed out that the alleged victim sustained no serious injuries, despite the "very graphic account" given of the incident.

He also contended that there has been "a shocking lack of progress" in advancing the case while his client is in custody.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Weir stated: "This is a most unmeritorious application on many fronts."