Man is accused of using child’s stair gate as offensive weapon


A man accused of a number of offences including using a child’s stair gate as an offensive weapon with intent to commit assault occasioning actual bodily harm has appeared in court in relation to breaching bail.

William Patrick James Craig (31), of Alexander Road in Limavady but now with a bail address in Strabane, is accused of committing offences on February 2 this year.

Other charges include assault occasioning actual bodily harm; attempted choking with intent; assaults; threat to kill; possession of Diazepam and Alprazolam with intent to supply; possession of cannabis, Alprazolam and Diazepam; dishonestly using electricity and criminal damage to household items including a fridge freezer, crockery and flooring.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on August 5 where a police officer said bail conditions had included a night time curfew and he was not to be under the influence of alcohol but that he came to police attention after an incident at a roundabout in the early hours of Sunday August 4 and was found to be in breach of his conditions.

A defence lawyer said Craig was apprehended on his way back to Strabane and had alcohol taken.

The lawyer said Craig would say he was a passenger in a car which lost control at a roundabout and that he was also nowhere near Limavady which is where the alleged index offences took place.

Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy said was suspicious of what Craig had been doing but released him on bail again on the sum of £500 and a surety of £250 to reside in Strabane with a 10pm-8am curfew with an electronic tag; an exclusion from Limavady; no contact with the alleged injured parties; he is not to consume alcohol and he has to report three times a week to Strabane Police Station.

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