Crossbow accused 'danger to public'

Published Friday, 23 May 2014
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A man accused of attempted murder over a crossbow attack in south Belfast poses a danger to the general public, a court has heard.

Crossbow accused 'danger to public'
The man was sitting in the car with a woman when the attack happened. (© UTV)

Thomas Cawley was refused bail after police said they were opposing his release in the strongest terms.

He was detained on Wednesday after a man was reportedly shot in the arm with a crossbow while sitting in a car on Belgravia Avenue.

The 29-year-old alleged victim was taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

A woman in the car with him was unhurt.

Cawley, 28 and also of Belgravia Avenue, has been charged with attempting to murder Michael McMullan and damaging the vehicle windscreen.

He faces two further counts of possessing offensive weapons in public, namely a crossbow and a hammer.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court, Cawley confirmed he understood the allegations against him.

Resisting his application for bail, a policewoman involved in the investigation claimed there could be interference with witnesses in the case.

She revealed other issues in connection with the accused were still under investigation.

"Police believe Mr Cawley is a danger to the general public," the officer said.

"At this stage to protect the public we are opposing bail in the strongest terms."

During cross-examination, she confirmed the identity of the witness who was in the car was not disclosed to Cawley.

No statement has yet been made by Mr McMullan, the court heard.

Cawley's lawyer said: "He denies committing any of the offences; he was interviewed three times over a period of 36 hours.

"The issue with regard to bail is that there's a paucity of evidence."

But the police officer responded: "Mr Cawley was identified by the injured party, he was named by the injured party."

Refusing bail, the judge ruled there was a risk of re-offending and failing to turn up for trial.

Cawley was remanded in custody to appear again by video link on 20 June.

Before being led from the dock he directed an outburst at another police officer in the court, calling him a "scumbag b******."

© UTV News
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Peter in NI wrote (68 days ago):
Q. Why are people even allowed to possess a crossbow?!
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