Man in court after one-punch attack outside Derry pub

Bishop Street courthouse
Image caption The officer said both men had been drinking all day before the incident

A 29-year-old County Tyrone man has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Teddy Roulston, from Ballycolman, Strabane, is accused of punching a man in the face outside a bar in Waterloo Street on Wednesday.

The defendant was interviewed five times between his arrest on Wednesday and his court appearance on Friday.

He was released on his own bail of £1,000 with one surety of £500.

His solicitor told the court that the defendant felt both guilt and remorse for his action.

'Drinking'

A police officer said that the victim, Peter Morrison, from the Creggan area of the city, underwent emergency surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Thursday and remained in a critical condition.

She said CCTV footage showed the defendant punching Mr Morrison with his left fist to the face.

Mr Morrison fell to the ground and eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud crack after his head hit off the pavement.

The officer said prior to the incident both men had been drinking all day.

They had had a row but made up by shaking hands and hugging each other.

The district judge said everyone knew of the potentially serious consequences of a one-punch attack.

As part of his bail conditions the defendant must report to the police daily and must observe a 19:00 BST to 07:00 curfew.

He will also be electronically tagged until he appears in court again on 10 July.