Accused taken from court in ambulance after fall down stairs

Frank McGirr (60) is accused of assaulting and threatening to kill flag protestor

There was drama in Armagh court house on Tuesday when a man accused of attacking loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer fell down the stairs

There was drama in Armagh court house on Tuesday when a man accused of attacking loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer fell down the stairs

 

There was drama in Armagh court house on Tuesday when a man accused of attacking loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer fell down the stairs.

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

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 June 28th this year.

The charges arose 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.