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Court shown CCTV footage of attack on pub doorman

Belfast Crown Court heard the doorman was struck up to four times with a fire extinguisher

CCTV footage which shows a Co Antrim doorman being hit up to four times with a 16.3kg fire extinguisher was shown during a non-jury trial held in Belfast.

Three men have been charged with causing the Carrickfergus doorman grievous bodily harm with intent, following a violent altercation at the Royal Oak Bar in the town last March.

Brothers Brian (51) and Ian Sinclair, along with co-accused Glen McCullough (53), have all admitted involvement in the attack. While Ian (37) and Brian Sinclair have both admitted causing GBH with intent, Brian has disputed that he knew the fire extinguisher was going to be used.

McCullough pleaded guilty to assaulting the doorman causing actual bodily harm, but the Crown does not accept this and he is standing trial on the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The addresses of the three cannot be published due to a reporting restriction imposed last December.

The doorman who was working on the evening of March 11 last year was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast following the attack, which erupted after he refused entry to a group of people.

Belfast Crown Court heard he was struck up to four times with the fire extinguisher - sustained multiple injuries to his head and face, including fractures to his skull, cheekbone and eye. He also sustained a traumatic brain injury which required neurosurgery at Musgrave Park Hospital.

The hearing was told the doorman knew all three men, and had in the past worked with both McCullough and Brian Sinclair.

At hearing.

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