Teenager 'attacked uncle with an axe'

Published Wednesday, 09 July 2014
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A teenager accused of attacking his uncle with an ornamental axe has been warned his life may be under threat, a High Court judge has heard.

Teenager 'attacked uncle with an axe'
The defendant was refused bail. (© UTV)

Police fear for the safety of Sean Paul Fitzsimmons if he was to be released from custody, prosecutors said.

The 18-year-old trainee joiner, also known as Sean Paul Lynch, is charged with the attempted murder of Christopher Daniel 'Gus' Lynch during a family fight in Downpatrick, Co Down.

His 42-year-old father Martin Lynch, the alleged victim's brother, is also accused of involvement in the attack last week.

Fitzsimmons, of Carraig View in the town, was refused bail due to the risk of any further offences being committed.

Police were first called out on 1 July after trouble flared during a party at the home he shares with his mother and father, the court heard.

Gus Lynch had allegedly been chased out by his brother and nephew, armed with baseball bats, after Fitzsimmons struck him on the head with a beer can.

It was claimed that his girlfriend's car was also attacked before they left the scene.

According to Stephanie Boyd, prosecuting, Gus Lynch received hospital treatment for a head wound before signing himself out dressed only in shorts and shoes.

He returned to the accused's home where a second confrontation took place outside, the court was told on Wednesday.

Mrs Boyd claimed that as the two brothers grappled in the street Fitzsimmons appeared to swipe at Gus Lynch's back.

"When he (Gus) got to the car it was realised that he had an axe sticking out of his back," the barrister said.

Police found him in the back of the vehicle with the weapon embedded in his back.

Having been taken back to hospital to have the axe removed, he is due to be released soon.

Fitzsimmons faces further charges of criminal damage to the car, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and common assault.

Opposing his application for bail, Mrs Boyd said: "Police are concerned there is a serious threat on Sean Fitzsimmons life and they have warned him of that.

"They have concerns for his safety should he be back in the community."

Defence counsel Conan Rea argued that his client's age and denial of the alleged offences were strong grounds for releasing him.

Refusing the application, Mr Justice Weir ruled: "There's a well-developed concern that if admitted to bail he would commit further offences and wouldn't comply with conditions."

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