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Householder struck with bottle of Buckfast after answering door to drunk man, court told

Defendant also allegedly shouted out to the householder 'you’re f****** dead' as he was being arrested by police

A householder who answered his door to a drunk man on Sunday morning was struck with a bottle of Buckfast, a court heard on Monday.

Lisburn Magistrates’ Court heard that police were called to an incident on Albert Street in Lurgan at around 7am on Sunday morning to find the bleeding householder restraining a man on the ground.

That man is alleged to have been 33-year-old Johnny Lee Gibson, from Albert Street, who was charged with causing actual bodily harm, making a threat to kill and possessing a weapon, the bottle of Buckfast.

The alleged victim claimed he answered a knock at the door to be confronted by Gibson who “appeared drunk” and was trying to get in but when he was refused entry, he threw a bottle of buckfast at the householder, striking him to the left side of his head, and tried to punch him.

As the police arrested Gibson, he allegedly shouted out to the householder “you’re f****** dead” and further that when he was in the police custody suite he threatened to “burn everybody out”.

Under cross examination from defence solicitor Pat McMahon, the officer agreed the two men did not know each other and that the supposed threats from Gibson were allegedly uttered when he was not fit for interview.

Freeing Gibson on his own bail of £200 and adjourning the case to 17 August, District Judge Amanda Brady said the offences were “all very strange” given the fact the men were unknown to each other.

Gibson was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim with a complete prohibition on alcohol.

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