Man bailed over Lagan Towpath attack

Published Thursday, 19 June 2014
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A Lisburn man accused of a racist attack on the Lagan Towpath has been bailed.

Man bailed over Lagan Towpath attack
The victim was assaulted on the Lagan Towpath at Lisburn. (© UTV)

Scott McKeown, 19, appeared in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Thursday in a white T-shirt and blue shorts.

He is charged with inflicting actual bodily harm on Tonderai Msonza, possessing a stick with intent to cause ABH and using behaviour which was intended or likely to stir up hatred, all alleged to have occurred on 24 May this year.

Mr Msonza was targeted as he was walking along the Lagan towpath path in Lisburn when three males shouted racist obscenities at him before attacking him.

He was punched a number of times in the head before he escaped his alleged attackers and sought refuge in a licensed premises in the Bridge Street area of the city from where he was taken to hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

On Thursday, a police constable told the court he believed he could connect McKeown, from Hill Street in Lisburn, to the charges. His solicitor asked for legal aid to be granted as McKeown neither works nor receives benefits.

Granting legal aid, District Judge Rosemary Watters adjourned the case until 7 July to "marry up" with McKeown's co-accused.

Two days after the incident last month, Thomas David Finn, 22 and from Linen Court, Linenhall Street in Armagh, was also charged with similar offences - but he faces further accusations that he threatened to kill the alleged victim and assaulted a police officer.

A 16-year-old boy, who was also arrested and questioned in relation to the allegedly racially motivated attack, was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

© UTV News
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