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Jim Magilton daughter assault charge is withdrawn

Northern Ireland Under-21 manager Jim Magilton who was accused of slapping and dragging his 14-year-old step-daughter down a set of stairs by the arms has had an assault charge withdrawn.

Magilton (47), of Aberfoyle Gardens in the Upper Malone Road area of Belfast, appeared

at Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday and after the charge was withdrawn he was bound over by District Judge Peter King to keep the peace for a year on the sum of £500.

His defence solicitor Feargal MacElhatton said his client had a totally clear record.

The charge he had faced concerned an allegation that the former Northern Ireland international assaulted the girl on January 7 this year.

At a previous hearing a defence solicitor asked for the case to be adjourned for him to take instructions from his client.

A prosecutor said previously he had discussed "a way forward" in the case and he believed Magilton was going to take instructions in that regard.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan said previously if there was to be an alternative disposal or any caution Magilton would need to be present.

Magilton was at the same court in January and replied "yes" when asked if he understood the charge.

A defence solicitor told that court the accused was denying the charge.

A police officer said he believed he could connect him to the charge and told the previous hearing the allegation was that Magilton had slapped the girl a couple of times and dragged her down stairs by the arms.

In January a solicitor said the allegations were being contested in full and his client was "not accepting" the claims.

Magilton was released on his own bail of £500 in January.

The conditions were that he would have no contact with the alleged injured party and reside at an address in Belfast.

He was also banned from entering Tullywest Road in the Crumlin area.

Magilton is a former manager of Ipswich Town, Queens Park Rangers and Melbourne Victory. He also played for teams like Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town.

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