Man suffers broken leg as part of ‘feud’


An incident in Portadown - where a car was driven at a man who, as a result, received a broken leg - was part of a long-running family feud, it was claimed last Friday at Craigavon Court.

And in the first court appearance of the accused last Wednesday a man in the public gallery lifted a chair and threatened to throw it at another man.

David James Power (18), Keelmount Grange, Portadown, was charged on Wednesday with a number of alleged offences.

They are that on October 27 he caused grievous bodily harm to a male with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, he caused grievous bodily harm to the male by dangerous driving and failed to stop, remain and report after an accident.

He is also charged that the day before, October 26, he was in possession of an offensive weapon, an axe.

No bail application was made and as Power was being taken to the cells a man at the back of the court made a comment to him.

Another man, sitting near the front of the public gallery with three females, lifted a chair above his head and turned to face the man.

Security staff quickly intervened to lead the man who made the comment out of the court while one of the women broke out crying.

On Friday a solicitor representing Power made a bail application.

A police officer said that on October 27 a hit and run accident happened at Obins Street.

She explained that the injured party had been knocked into a fence and a concrete post.

He alleged that a car, driven by a male he knows and with another person in it, drove towards him and collided with his left leg.

The police officer said the victim suffered a broken femur and had pelvic and head injuries.

The officer added that the victim also claimed that the day before at 11am he saw the same vehicle driven by Power who got out and started swinging an axe at him. The injured party managed to get the axe from the defendant and hit him with the wooden part.

Opposing bail she said there was a long-running feud between parties and there could be a risk of further offences.

A solicitor representing Power said that the person who was at the back of the court on Wednesday was the brother of the injured party. District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, who was sitting on both days, said that on Wednesday Power had ‘seemed to be quite amused by it all’.

She refused bail, and remanded him in custody to appear by videolink on November 27.