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Man accused of attacking his ex-neighbour (81) and her daughter subjecting them to campaign of terror, court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/09/2015

A man accused of attacking his 81-year-old ex-neighbour and her daughter is subjecting them to a campaign of terror, a court heard today.

Police claimed Morrison Wilson drove at the pair before getting out of his car and launching assaults near Belfast city centre on Monday.

It was alleged that as the pensioner lay on the ground the 59-year-old defendant told her: "I'll stamp on your head, I'll f****** kill you."

Wilson, now with an address at Meeting House Lane in Lisburn, Co Antrim, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Margaret McMillan and a common assault to her daughter Eleanor.

He faces further counts of disorderly behaviour, assault on police, resisting arrest and criminal damage to another motorist's car.

Appearing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court dressed in a bright pink and yellow T-shirt and wearing sunglasses, heavy-set Wilson spoke only to confirm he understood the charges.

The alleged offences occurred in the Queen's Bridge area - close to the accused's former home in the east of the city.

A PSNI constable strenuously opposed bail, claiming there was a high risk he would interfere with the witnesses.

She set out a previous history of incidents between the accused, Margaret McMillan and her 50-year-old daughter.

"We believe there's a campaign of terror regarding these same injured parties," the officer said.

"This man was seen to drive at the injured parties."

Citing further concerns that Wilson may flee if release, the constable said he told police at the scene that he had money in his car and planned to "emigrate tomorrow".

Another witness allegedly heard him issue the threats to Mrs McMillan while she was on the ground, the court heard.

"It's extremely disturbing, we believe he presents a danger to these people and also to the public," the constable added.

Defence solicitor Michael Madden stressed Wilson has not been charged with making any threats to kill.

He said his client has mental health issues and spotted the McMillans as he was driving in the area.

Wilson decided to quiz them about a previous press report unconnected with court proceedings, according to the lawyer.

"He then foolishly got out of the car to confront the injured party to ask why was this inaccurate information being reported," Mr Madden added.

It was contended that the pensioner's injuries occurred after Wilson fell when someone else at the scene intervened.

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused bail after being shown photographs of the wounds.

She said: "He's undoubtedly a danger to the injured parties and probably to the public as well."

Wilson was remanded into custody to appear again on October 28

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