Pub attack accused banned from Carrick

Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel
Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel

A man accused of trying to kill a pub doorman in an attack being linked to a loyalist paramilitary feud has been banned from entering Carrick.

The prohibition was imposed on Brian Sinclair as part of conditions under which he was granted High Court bail.

Sinclair, 50, is one of three men charged with the attempted murder of a bouncer allegedly beaten with a fire extinguisher at the Royal Oak bar in the town last month.

The victim sustained serious injuries, including a blood clot to the brain and several facial fractures.

Sinclair, of O’Rorkes Row in Carrickfergus, and his two associates are accused of attacking the doorman after being refused entry to the bar on March 11.

CCTV footage shows him punching the victim and forcing him to the ground, it was alleged at a previous hearing.

Police claim one of the other defendants then lifted a fire extinguisher and repeatedly hit the member of staff as he lay in the hallway.

The third man also allegedly picked up the extinguisher and threw it at the bouncer’s head.

A detective confirmed at that hearing that the defendants believed the decision to stop them getting into the bar was linked to the feud between rival loyalist factions.

Seeking bail for Brian Sinclair, barrister Michael Boyd argued that his client was prone on the ground when the extinguisher was allegedly brandished.

He insisted that Sinclair was unaware it would be used.

Following submissions Mr Justice Burgess granted bail for the accused to live under curfew at an address outside the town.

He ordered the accused to keep out of Carrickfergus and to have no contact with the victim or co-defendants.

Sinclair must also provide a £2,000 surety and surrender his passport.