NI man secures bail by getting his gran to move in

By Gary Adair

The High Court in Belfast has granted bail to a Northern Ireland man who wants to appear on a TV show on the basis that his grandmother will move in with him.

Frederick Boyd, aged 22 from Newtownards, is facing charges of disorderly behaviour, assault and possession of an offensive weapon with intent. Applying for bail, Mr Boyd's legal representative told the Belfast court that their client had been targeted an injured by other prisoners, and that the alleged attacks relate to another incident which is not related to his court case. Mr Boyd has decided to go on to the ITV Jeremy Kyle chat show to take a lie detector test to clear his name in respect of that incident in a bid to stop the attacks he alleges he is suffering in prison.

The judge granted bail, but only after Mr Boyd's grandmother said she would move in with the defendant at his home in Larne. The judge also imposed a curfew, electronic tagging, and prohibited him from entering certain areas. He has also imposed an alcohol ban and urged the defendant to get medical help, saying he needed to get his "life sorted out" as he looked over 20 years older than he actually was.