Man in court over towpath threat

Published Monday, 26 May 2014
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An Armagh man has been remanded into custody accused of threatening to kill a foreign national and beating him with a stick in an alleged racist attack.

Man in court over towpath threat
The attack happened on Saturday. (© UTV)

Appearing in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Monday flanked by a uniformed police officer, Thomas David Finn, 22, confirmed that he understood the five charges against him.

Finn, from Linen Court, Linenhall Street in Armagh, is charged with inflicting actual bodily harm on Tonderai Msonza, threatening to kill him, possessing a stick with intent to inflict actual bodily harm, using "behaviour intending or likely to stir up hatred" and assaulting a police constable, all alleged to have occurred on Saturday.

Mr Msonza was targeted as he was walking along the Lagan towpath path in Lisburn on Saturday 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 Monday, a uniformed officer said he believed he could connect Finn to the charges and as no bail application was lodged, District Judge Rosemary Watters remanded him into custody to appear again via videolink on 2 June.

An 18-year-old who faces similar charges is due to appear in court on Thursday 19 June while a 16-year-old boy who was arrested was released pending a report to the PPS.

© UTV News
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Johnny in Belfast wrote (244 days ago):
Its over to the judge to set an example. Whats the betting - a £20 fine?
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