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Man accused of attacking three people banned from entering Antrim

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man accused of attacking his mother, her partner and his girlfriend three days before Christmas has been granted High Court bail.

Robert Wesley Nesbitt (26), from Rathvarna Drive in Lisburn, has been banned from entering Antrim, where the alleged assaults took place, and has also been banned from making contact with his mother as part of his bail conditions.

Nesbitt faces 10 charges, including multiple assaults and possessing a knife with intent to commit an offence.

Police officers responding to reports of shouting in the Briarhill/Hillside area of Antrim late on December 22 were told by Nesbitt's mother and her partner that they had been assaulted by Nesbitt.

His girlfriend told police alcohol had been consumed and Nesbitt - who denied the assaults to police - had punched the couple.

She also claimed Nesbitt had trailed her outside the house by the coat several times and punched her in the face.

Police were also told that prior to their arrival, Nesbitt left the house but returned a short time later and kicked the front door of the property. When he was confronted by a neighbour, Nesbitt is alleged to have brandished a knife and threatened to stab him. A black-handled knife was subsequently located in the communal area at a block of nearby flats.

Crown counsel Kate McKay told the High Court that during a police interview, Nesbitt handed in a pre-written statement denying the assaults but saying he panicked as he was in breach of bail for a previous offence.

Describing Nesbitt as a "prolific offender", Mrs McKay said police had concerns that Nesbitt would re-offend if bail was granted.

A barrister acting for Nesbitt spoke of his client's "unsettled family background" and said he had lived a "sporatic lifestyle" but had since settled in Lisburn.

Bail was granted by Lord Justice Girvan, who banned Nesbitt from entered Antrim, from contacting his mother and her partner and from consuming alcohol. He was also ordered to report to police three times a week and to adhere to an 8pm to 7am curfew.

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