A man who allegedly bit part of a taxi driver’s ear was released on bail on August 5.
Jonathan Gerard Turley, 39, was released by Judge Paul Ramsey QC, after listening to submissions by the Crown and the defense.
Strict bail conditions have been set at Belfast Crown Court and imposed on Turley, who is awaiting trial following the ear bite incident.
A native of Windsor Park, Belfast, Turley is charged, but denies injuring a taxi driver with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm.
Belfast Live Reports that a crown prosecutor said Turley was linked to the incident, which occurred in September 2014, by DNA that was found on part of the cab driver’s ear that was bitten and located in the victim’s vehicle.
Kate McKay said: “This taxi driver was an innocent man doing his job when he was subjected to this violent offense.”
Ms McKay told Judge Ramsey that the Crown opposed bail for a number of reasons, including fear that Turley might not flee.
Revealing that the accused had previously fled jurisdiction while on bail, Ms McKay cited the Crown’s concerns about Turley’s interference with witnesses, as well as recidivism, if he was released on bail. bail.
Defense lawyer Sean Devine addressed the DNA issue. Calling it “the only partial DNA recovered from a public vehicle,” Mr Devine said there was no other evidence linking his client to the incident.
Turley’s lawyer said he would meet any conditions imposed before his trial.
After listening to the Crown’s and defense submissions, Justice Ramsey said with “some hesitation” he was prepared to grant the bail application.
Turley has been released on Â£ 500 bail, he will be tagged and ordered to report to police daily, adhere to a 9pm to 7am curfew and surrender his passport.
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