Man claimed electronic monitoring tag came off during ‘assault’

A MAN who claimed an electronic monitoring tag fell off whilst he was allegedly assaulted has been accused of being disorderly when taken to Coleraine’s Causeway Hospital.

Kielan Allen (22), of Glenarm Avenue in Portrush, faces five charges relating to September 25 – criminal damage to a tag and a police cell van; being disorderly at the hospital and at Eglinton Street in Portrush and assault on police.

Defence barrister Thomas McKeever told Coleraine Magistrates Court the defendant had been the victim of a “serious assault” and had to have five staples inserted in his head.

During the incident the tag came off and it was later found later by police in the Dhu Varren area.

A police officer opposed bail and told the court hearing that at 7.55pm on Wednesday September 25 there had been an “ongoing fight” at Eglinton Street and Allen was involved.

He was reported to have had a knife and after being warned on a number of occasions he refused to show his hands to police and CS spray was then used on him.

Police took the defendant to the hospital where he had to be warned about his behaviour and police had to remove him because of his disorderly conduct and he attempted to headbutt an officer.

The court heard Allen was deemed a regular offender and had 26 previous convictions in the last five years.

The officer said the alleged offences happened within 24 hours of the defendant’s bail being relaxed to allow him back into Portrush.

District Judge Peter King refused bail saying there was a clear risk of new offences as Allen “can’t help himself”.

The case was adjourned to October 28.

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