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Dublin man (34) charged following incident at luxury hotel in Co Fermanagh granted bail

The man appeared in court in relation to the incident at the Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh

A 34-year-old man charged following an incident at a luxury hotel in Co Fermanagh has been granted bail.

Daniel Comerforde from Mic Uilliam Heights, Dublin is accused of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a male, having a hammer as a weapon, affray and damaging a glass door at Lough Erne Resort.

He appeared in court on Tuesday where a detective constable confirmed all charges could be connected, but no application for bail was made.

Dungannon Magistrates Court today heard details of the reports of large-scale disorder at the Lough Erne resort on Sunday when a man reported being struck to his head and shoulder with a hammer.

On arrival, officers stopped a silver car being driven from the resort by Comerforde and a search recovered a hammer and pair of gloves under the driver seat.

The court heard a group of people, who had attended the resort to demonstrate against the Irish National Party who were holding a conference, became aggressive and attempted to enter the hotel, during which damage was caused to double glass doors.

CCTV showed a male matching Comerforde’s description smashing the glass with a hammer with further information alleging he attempted to strike the injured party using his car.

The detective advised while Comerforde has no record in Northern Ireland, he has convictions for assaults in the Republic.

A defence solicitor said he had engaged extensively with police, who have now agreed to bail with conditions of an address approved by police, cash surety of £2,500, signing three times weekly with police and surrender of passport.

Comerforde is banned from entering the Lough Erne Resort, must have no contact with the complainant or witnesses and must not attend any INP conferences or events.

The case was adjourned until next month.

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