Man in court after death of uncle

Thursday, 16 February 2017

A COLERAINE man was granted bail yesterday (Monday, February 13) after appearing in court following the death of his uncle in the Silverthorn Avenue area of the town last December.
Matthew Stirling, who appeared by video link from Maghaberry Prison, is charged with unlawfully attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, with intent, to Colin Doherty on December 13.
The 25-year-old, from Tullyarton Road, is also charged with being in possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hammer, with intent to commit an offence on the same date. Stirling spoke only to confirm his name.
The prosecutor said that subject to conditions, including that Stirling must live at a suitable address outside Coleraine, bail could be agreed.
District Judge Amanda Brady granted bail on the condition that Stirling does not drink alcohol and submits to a preliminary breath test when required. He must live at an address deemed suitable by the PSNI, observe a 10pm to 8am curfew and be electronically tagged.
At an earlier court appearance a Detective Constable said a pathologist had concluded that chronic alcoholism had been the conclusive cause of Mr Doherty's death.
The court heard that under interview Stirling strongly denied being in Mr Doherty's house on the day in question, insisting he had never struck him or seen him and that Mr Doherty was family.
Stirling, who was released on his own bail of 200, must not contact any witnesses and will return to court on March 13.


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