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Man 'attacked with drill after drinking session' - court hears

A man was allegedly attacked with a drill following a drinking session at his home, the High Court heard today.

The victim lost consciousness and then woke to be threatened with being cut up if he informed police, prosecutors claimed.

Details emerged as one of two men accused of carrying out the attack on his neighbour in Antrim was granted bail.

Alan Verner (46) of Tiger Court in the town, denies charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, threats to kill and intimidation of a witness.

He is alleged to have been invited into the flat with his co-accused on September 9.

Drink and cannabis was taken before a dispute started between the victim and second man, the court heard.

Verner had left by this stage but was allegedly contacted and told: "We are going to do Baby in" - an apparent reference to the victim's nickname.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, claimed Verner then came back in through the front door carrying a battery operated drill.

"He (the victim) said the applicant tried to hit him in the chest, however he moved and was struck on the upper arm," Mr Maguire told the court.

"He said there was a fight then and he lost consciousness as a result of the attack by both men."

When he came round Verner had left but the co-accused was still in the living room of his Tiger Court property, according to the prosecution.

During a further argument he allegedly threatened to cut the victim up if he went to the PSNI.

Police were contacted however and seized a drill in a search of the flat.

Kelly Doherty, defending, stressed Verner denied any involvement in the assault.

She set out how he has been in custody since September and proposed that he could live with a relative more than two miles from the scene.

Granting bail to an address approved by police, Mr Justice Stephens banned Verner from going near the alleged victim's home.

The judge also imposed a prohibition on drink and drugs and directed the accused to seek medical help on his alcohol issues.

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