Clagh Vane assault: Man appears in court

Clagh Vane estate in Ballasalla

Clagh Vane estate in Ballasalla

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A 35-year-old Ballasalla man has appeared in court following an alleged assault in the early hours of Sunday in Clagh Vane, Ballasalla.

David Anthony Mitchell, of Quine’s Close, is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He also faces two other charges of affray and possessing an offensive weapon. No pleas have been entered.

The victim of the alleged assault is Alexander Charles Messenger, who is in hospital in the UK suffering from injuries which the court described as ‘life threatening’.

Prosecutor Mary Kelly told the court how the incident occurred at around 2.30am in the area of 10 Clagh Vane in Ballasalla after a party there.

Police found Mr Messenger lying in the street with serious head and facial injuries.

Mr Mitchell was remanded in custody after a bail application by his defence advocate, James Robinson, was denied and he will appear in court again on Tuesday, May 27, in respect of the affray and possessing an offensive weapon charges.

A committal date for the assault charge was set for July 15 as the offence can only be heard at the court of General Gaol Delivery.

Inquiries are still ongoing and police ask that anyone with information come forward and contact Detective Inspector Mark Newey at police headquarters on 631212.

A reward may be payable as a result of information.

Information may also be given confidentially to Isle of Man Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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