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Friday, 5 November, 1999, 12:31 GMT
Former UDP talks delegate bailed
The High Court has been told that former Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) talks delegate Tommy English allegedly headbutted and kicked a customer in the Crows Nest Bar in Belfast last month.

During a bail application on an aggravated burglary charge, Mr Justice Kerr was told a doorman had earlier thrown the 39-year-old out of the Skipper Street pub for attacking customers with the leg of a chair.

A Crown lawyer claimed video evidence taken inside and outside the Crows Nest showed English and three other men, two of them carrying baseball bats, arriving at the bar by taxi, entering it, committing the offences and leaving the premises in the same cab.

Customer attacked

The court heard a customer who got in the way as English went along the bar breaking glasses was headbutted then knocked to the ground with a blow from a baseball bat.

Once on the floor he was allegedly struck with the bat, kicked and punched.

A barrister for English, from Ballyfore Gardens, and his co-accused, Gordon Davidson, 26, from Mountcollier Avenue and 24-year-old Paul Smyth of the Limestone Road, said the video and other identification evidence would be disputed.

Charles McCreanor QC, said the three men in the dock had voluntarily gone to the Royal Ulster Constabulary on Wednesday, a month after the incident.

A fourth man is still being sought by the police.

Bail granted

English, Davidson and Smyth were granted bail of 250 each with two sureties each of the same amount.

Mr Justice Kerr ordered all three to observe a night-time curfew, refrain from alcohol and stay well away from the Crows Nest.

The UDP, which has links to the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association, said Mr English had not been a member since July 1998.

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