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Man broke his sister's arm in row, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man broke his sister's arm by jumping on it as she made a 999 call to get him out of her home, the High Court heard.

Prosecutors claimed the woman could be heard screaming before the phone line went dead.

Daniel Devlin denies a charge of causing grievous bodily harm in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, on June 8.

Devlin (25), of no fixed address, faces a further count of criminal damage after a window was smashed at his mother's house.

He was arrested after police went to his 23-year-old sister's home in the town.

During a bail application a judge was told she was found covered in blood, hysterical and screaming about the pain in her arm, claiming: "Daniel did it."

As well as the broken arm that required an operation, she sustained facial cuts and bruising.

The woman later made a statement claiming she had been out drinking with friends and returned to find her brother and others in her living room. According to her account, she asked them to keep the noise down and then told Devlin to leave.

Prosecuting counsel Conor Maguire said the attack was launched after the accused's sister threatened to phone the police.

"She stated that he started jumping with both feet on her left arm while she was holding the mobile phone," he told the court.

"She said she recalls the applicant kicking her head, but he was wearing trainers throughout the attack. Her next recollection was of waking up in hospital."

Devlin claimed she broke her arm when she fell three times in the living room. His bail application was adjourned after the judge recommended psychiatric reports should be provided.

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