Northern Ireland

Man accused of Cullybackey bonfire murder bid bailed

A man accused of attempted murder at an Eleventh Night bonfire in Cullybackey, County Antrim has been given bail.

Neil Greer, 32, from Ard Na Maine in the village is also charged with using a golf club as a weapon and grievous bodily harm with intent.

His co-accused, Andrew Connor, 24, from Markstown Grove, also in Cullybackey, was given bail on charges including possession of a knife.

One of their alleged victims was left with bleeding to the brain.

Another man suffered a less serious head injury as well as bruising to his back.

Two women were also injured in the attack at Tobar Park.

Objecting to bail, a police officer said the community was "in fear" of coming forward with information and that one of the injured parties had already received an anonymous phone call telling him to "drop the charges".

She added that police believed there was paramilitary involvement in the attack and that there were concerns there would be further intimidation.

A district judge granted bail but warned the defendants that if there were any more phone calls, or interfering with witnesses, he would bring them back to prison.

The pair were also ordered not to come within five miles of Cullybackey.