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Man used claw hammer on partner's son, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man used a claw hammer to break down his vulnerable girlfriend's front door and attack her son, the High Court has been told.

William Hutchinson repeatedly struck the son and tried to bite him as he wrapped himself in a duvet for protection, prosecutors claimed.

The 37-year-old faces charges of aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and resisting police over the incident at a block of flats in the Cregagh area of east Belfast. Hutchinson is accused of leaving his own apartment at Kilbroney House, Greenway, and launching the attack at a neighbouring home early last Monday.

During a failed application for bail the court heard he was in a relationship with a woman with mental health problems who lives there with a son who acts as her carer.

It was alleged that he forced open the front door by swinging a claw hammer while yelling in a drunken rage: "Where the f*** is she?"

Prosecution counsel claimed the son was pushed into a bedroom where he wrapped himself in a duvet only to be struck several times. Hutchinson also allegedly attempted to bite him on the face.

Revealing CCTV was obtained, the prosecution lawyer said: "It shows him (Hutchinson) striking the door several times with an object similar to a hammer, the door is opened and the defendant is observed to strike that person on the side."

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Weir pointed to concerns that Hutchinson may not abide by conditions.

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