Man accused of attacking loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer falls down court stairs

Pacemaker Press 28/7/2015 'Frank McGirr is brought to Craigavon Hospital on tuesday morning, Frank McGirr, 60, appeared at Armagh Court  accused of assaulting Willie Frazer and making a threat to kill him. After the hearing Mr McGirr  was required to sign for alterations to his bail conditions, but apparently slipped and fell to the bottom of the stairs. He was taken away by Ambulance staff to Craigavon.' Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/7/2015 'Frank McGirr is brought to Craigavon Hospital on tuesday morning, Frank McGirr, 60, appeared at Armagh Court accused of assaulting Willie Frazer and making a threat to kill him. After the hearing Mr McGirr was required to sign for alterations to his bail conditions, but apparently slipped and fell to the bottom of the stairs. He was taken away by Ambulance staff to Craigavon.' Pic Pacemaker
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There was drama at a court on Tuesday after a Co. Tyrone man, accused of attacking loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer, fell down the stairs of Armagh court house.

Having been connected to the two offences as he went to sign his bail order, 60-year-old Frank McGirr slipped and fell down the stairs and had to be tended to by an ambulance crew.

Pacemaker Press 28/7/2015 'Willie Frazer attends Court , as Frank McGirr, 60, appeared at Armagh Court  accused of assaulting Willie Frazer and making a threat to kill him. After the hearing Mr McGirr  was required to sign for alterations to his bail conditions, but apparently slipped and fell to the bottom of the stairs. He was taken away by Ambulance staff to Craigavon.' Pic Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 28/7/2015 'Willie Frazer attends Court , as Frank McGirr, 60, appeared at Armagh Court accused of assaulting Willie Frazer and making a threat to kill him. After the hearing Mr McGirr was required to sign for alterations to his bail conditions, but apparently slipped and fell to the bottom of the stairs. He was taken away by Ambulance staff to Craigavon.' Pic Pacemaker

Moments beforehand McGirr, who arrived at the court using a walking stick, stood in the dock and spoke only to confirm that he understood the two charges against him.

McGirr, from the Shanliss Road in Stewartstown, is accused of assaulting William Frazer and making a threat to kill the campaigner and flag protestor “intending that William Frazer would fear it would be carried out” with both offences alleged to have occurred on 28 June this year.

The charges arise after Mr Frazer was attacked in the garden of his home on the Tandragee Road in Markethill, Co Armagh, at about 7pm.

On Tuesday a police officer said he believed he could connect McGirr to the charges.

After that formal stage, McGirr had to go downstairs to the cell area to sign his bail order and although the District Judge said other arrangements could be made, McGirr began his descent but drew shocked gasps from those in the courtroom as he took a tumble.

Initially tended to by prison staff, an ambulance was called who treated McGirr for cuts and bruises while court business was moved to a different court room.

McGirr is due before the court again next month.