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Man accused of smashing head through window to get into mother's house 'must have no contact with her'

A man accused of smashing his head through a window in a bid to get into his mother's house must have no further contact with her, a High Court judge ordered today.

Mr Justice Horner imposed the prohibition on Francis Devine after describing their relationship as abusive.

Devine was also barred from entering his hometown as part of bail conditions.

The 22-year-old, of Coney Park, Coalisland, Co Tyrone, faces charges of criminal damage and assault on police.

Officers were called to the house he shares with his mother last Saturday amid claims he was attacking a door and trying to gain entry, the court heard.

According to a prosecution barrister Devine fled when he saw them arrive.

Kate McKay said: "Police spoke to the injured party and she said her son had smashed a glass pane in the back door of her house with his head.

"She said it would cost around £100 to repair it."

Devine was later arrested but allegedly refused to get into a police car, kicking out and scraping an officer on the arm.

The court heard details of alcohol issues involving him and his mother.

Mr Justice Horner granted bail for the accused to live with an aunt on condition that he attends Alcoholics Anonymous.

Banning Devine from contacting his mother or entering Coalisland, the judge told him: "It's quite clear you have an abusive relationship with your mother and there is also alcohol involved.

"You do have a job and prospects for life, it's a real shame you are endangering this by your actions."

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