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Belfast man 'assaulted his granny, tried to stab uncle and graffitied aunt's walls', court hears

A Belfast man allegedly assaulted his grandmother and tried to stab an uncle with a screwdriver, the High Court heard today.

Padraig McAleenan is also accused of breaking into his aunt's flat and using paint to daub his nickname on the walls.

The 20-year-old faces charges of common assault, possession of an offensive weapon, attempted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, burglary and criminal damage over the incidents last month.

McAleenan, of Henderson Avenue in the north of the city, was refused bail because no acceptable address was available.

He is alleged to have assaulted his grandmother at her home in the Oldpark area on June 21.

Prosecutors claimed an uncle present in the house was struck as he tried to put him out of the house.

McAleenan retrieved a screwdriver and ran at him in a bid to stab him, it was alleged.

A judge was told he attempted a further attack with a bottle.

Three days later police were called to get him out of his aunt's flat at Henderon Avenue.

The court heard a tin of paint had been spilled and McAleenan's name written on the walls.

Following arrest McAleenan insisted he had been given keys to use the flat as his home.

He also denied assaulting his grandmother and claimed to have acted in self-defence when his uncle grabbed him.

Defence counsel Dennis Boyd revealed McAleenan was previously shot and injured by dissident republicans in the Ardoyne area last year.

"This man's salvation is to get out of north Belfast," the barrister said.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Treacy ruled that a potential address with the accused's mother was not suitable.

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