Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Accused 'hit mother and hid drugs'

A man allegedly punched his mother in the face and then tried to hide a bedroom cannabis plant from police, the High Court has heard.

Stephen McAleese was seen stuffing leaves into his pocket by officers responding to a 999 call at the house in Toomebridge, it was claimed.

The man (21), with an address at McCorley Road in the Co Antrim town, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a class B drug, and assaulting and obstructing police.

He was refused bail due to the risk of reoffending. The court was told police were called out to the house by his mother early on Sunday morning. It was alleged that her son insisted the officers leave before he headed upstairs.

Nicola Auret, prosecuting, said: “He was seen entering a bedroom and grabbing a cannabis plant on the top of a chest of drawers.

“He was observed pulling leaves off the plant and putting them in his pocket.”

McAleese allegedly became aggressive during his arrest, pushing and struggling with an officer.

Ms Auret added that his mother stated that he had punched her on the face, but has now withdrawn her complaint.

A defence barrister accepted the alleged behaviour was “outrageous”.

The barrister added that anyone who strikes their mother “deserves all that comes their way”.

As he refused bail, the judge pointed out that hearsay evidence could be used in the case.

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