Man hospitalised with serious injuries following ‘attack with metal walking stick’

A MAN who suffered serious injuries told police he was repeatedly struck on the head with a metal object which police believe was an extendable walking stick, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard.

The man’s injuries included a bleed to the brain and a broken eye socket and the court was told that several days after the alleged assault he was still severely bruised and could only open one eye slightly.

The details emerged as two men accused of attacking the man appeared at court.

Kenneth Ramage (46), of Society Street in Coleraine and David McMullan (32), of Dunhill Road, Macosquin, are charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to ‘clean up blood’.

The particulars of the attempting to pervert the course of justice charge are that ‘with intent to pervert the course of public justice, attempted to do an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice, namely by attempting to clean up blood at the scene of a serious assault’.

Kenneth Ramage alone faces a third charge – assault on another man.

The charges are in relation to incident in the Society Street area of Coleraine on January 2 this year.

A police officer said that on January 2 police were called to Society Street where it was reported people had been “partying and drinking all night” and she added: “A lot of drink had been consumed”.

The court was told there had been a “considerable” amount of blood and bleach had been used in a bid to clean it up.

CCTV showed a male had left in a taxi and the injured party was later found with facial injuries.

The injured man told police he went to a property on New Year’s Night and said he was assaulted by being repeatedly hit with a metal extendable bar.

The police officer said the PSNI located a metal extendable walking stick which they believe was used during the assault.

A defence barrister said the complainant had given a number of accounts and the police officer said that because of the injuries they had still to obtain a complete version of events from the injured man.

The court was told McMullan plans to make a complaint to police in relation to the injured party regarding the incidents.

The case was further adjourned.

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