Man accused of murder appears in court in connection with disturbance at Credit Union

A MAN currently on bail charged with murdering a man in Crumlin in April this year has appeared in court for sentencing following a disturbance at a Credit Union in the village in February 2018.

Michael McManus (26), of Cairn Walk in Crumlin, was at Antrim Magistrates Court after previously pleading guilty to charges of assaulting a man; assaulting two police officers and causing criminal damage to a police cell in relation to February 20 last year.

A prosecutor said police were tasked to the Credit Union in Crumlin where individuals were “wrestling” and McManus then ran off.

Police pursued him on foot and when he attempted to twice punch an officer in the face CS spray was used.

McManus kicked out towards the face of a police officer but there was only minor contact and he then urinated and spat in a cell van.

Police received a report from Credit Union staff that a man was punched in the face by the defendant at their premises.

A defence lawyer said the defendant was now on bail for the “most serious charge” which was a reference to McManus being accused of murdering Niall Magee in Crumlin.

Mr Magee sustained a fatal knife wound during an incident on April 27 this year.

A previous court heard McManus denies the alleged murder.

Regarding the incidents in February 2018, District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had assaulted a person working in the Credit Union in a “premeditated” attack.

The judge said he had a “glowing” report from the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders regarding McManus and it was noted he was the “top” student in a literacy class.

The defendant was put on Probation for a year and must submit to drug and alcohol testing.

He has to participate in any programmes of work recommended by Probation designed to reduce any “risk” he may present.

The defendant must attend all appointments arranged with medical professionals and co-operate fully with any assessment, care or treatment they recommend.

He also has to pay £200 compensation to the man he assaulted at the Credit Union.

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