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Custody for man extradited in Newry assault case

 A 22-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with a number of offences linked to an incident in Railway Avenue, Newry in September 2016.

Evan Walsh was extradited from the Republic of Ireland on Monday last having been arrested on 1st May by virtue of a European Arrest Warrant sought by the PSNI. 

The accused appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to face charges that include two counts of criminal damage, resisting police, assault on police and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The offences span two incidents alleged to have occurred on September 8th and November 13th 2016.

The court heard that Walsh had been previously questioned and released on bail but absconded to the south, failing to answer bail conditions on 30th January 2017.

A constable told the court that Walsh “has no record in this jurisdiction but he has 26 convictions in the Republic of Ireland, these include 14 criminal damages and two assaults”.

Mr Walsh’s defence counsel advised the court that he had been living in Rostrevor after the passing of his brother and moved to the Republic of Ireland to live with other family, adding that he was aware he had breached bail.

He added: “He has subsequently been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar, there is an address being offered in this jurisdiction with a sister-in-law.

 “This defendant has been in custody since May 1 he has served two and a half months, the equivalent of five months.  His co-accused in the GBH case was arrested in England on an arrest warrant and he was re-released on bail, this man has not been in trouble for two and a half years, he has been living in Limerick with his partner and 11-month-old daughter.”

The Prosecution objected to bail being granted due to his record in the south and it was felt that he was unlikely to surrender.

Agreeing, Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne stated: “I have no confidence that he will turn up to court again, he made no effort in the past to make contact.  I think he will just take to his heels and run, therefore bail is refused”.

The case was adjourned to July 24 at Newry Magistrates’ Court for an update on the file.