A man attacked with a nail studded bat in his own home was told it was an IRA punishment beating, Newry Magistrates Court heard today Wednesday 30th November.
Police arrested three men following the report of an aggravated burglary at a house in Springfarm Heights, Newry, in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 29th November.
It was reported that three masked men entered the property through a window at around 2.45am and attacked a male occupant with baseball bats and an iron bar. He was struck a number of times by the intruders before managing to escape from the house to shout for help.
The men then took keys to a red Vauxhall Crossland car from the house and left the scene in the vehicle. A short time later information was received from an off duty police officer that a car matching the description of the stolen car had crashed on the southbound carriageway of the A1. Officers assisted by a police dog attended and three men were arrested in the vicinity of the crashed car.
The men, aged 27, 30 and 33, remained in custody until their court appearance after being arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including aggravated burglary and aggravated taking and driving away. The occupant of the house sustained cuts and bruising as a result of the incident and was also left badly shaken.
Newry men Javin McClure (27), Niall Patrick McNulty (33) and 30-year-old Colin Shields are facing various charges.
All three denied involvement. District Judge Eamon King granted bail to each defendant with conditions including a curfew. They will appear in court again on December 21.
Anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call police at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 130 29/11/22. A report can be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.