Man suffers ‘severe’ injuries after row over spilt nuts breaks out in pub

Alleged assault outside Tyrone bar left victim with fractures to jaw, nose and eye socket

Ryan Butler is accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Photograph: iStock

Ryan Butler is accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Photograph: iStock

 

A pubgoer was left with “severe” facial injuries after being attacked for intervening in a row over spilt nuts, the High Court heard today.

The man suffered fractures to his jaw, nose and eye socket in the alleged assault outside a bar in Augher, Co Tyrone, on December 27th.

Prosecutors claimed Ryan Butler (23) knocked him to the ground and also punched a second man repeatedly during an outburst of aggression.

Mr Butler, from the Republic of Ireland but with an address at Main Street in Clogher, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was granted bail but ordered to surrender his passport.

Crown lawyer Kate McKay said one of the alleged victims had been seeking a taxi after socialising at Jimmy Johnston’s Bar. As he passed Mr Butler in the doorway he accidentally knocked a tub of hot nuts out of his hand, the court heard.

Abuse

It was claimed the accused reacted angrily, shouting abuse before the second man intervened in a bid to calm him down.

Mr Butler then threw punches at both of them, knocking one of them unconscious, according to the prosecution. Mrs McKay said camera footage from the scene showed the attack, and the accused’s girlfriend holding him to prevent further violence.

Referring to one of the alleged victims, the barrister added: “He was noted to have severe facial injuries.”

Opposing bail, she contended: “It seems the catalyst was too much alcohol taken and an overreaction to this incident where the hot nuts were knocked out of the applicant’s hand.”

Defence counsel rejected any suggestion Mr Butler may leave Northern Ireland if released from custody. Granting bail, Mr Justice Adrian Colton also imposed an alcohol ban and prohibited any contact with either alleged victim.