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Man who threw knife at mother accepts 18-month bind-over

A man who threw a knife at his mother has been bound over to display no further further aggression towards her for 18 months.

Anthony Kelly admitted hurling a butter knife towards Catherine Fox as they rowed at a house in Belfast, the city's Magistrates' Court heard today.

The 20-year-old accused was due to contest a charge of common assault.

But after he entered a guilty plea the Public Prosecution Service agreed to have the case dealt with.

A PPS lawyer said there had been an alleged confession to the assault, which followed a "heated argument" on May 23.

Defence solicitor Stephen Cassidy stressed that Kelly, of Ramoan Drive, Belfast, only aimed the knife in the general direction of his mother

It hit the ground before making contact with her, with any injury understood to be minimal.

Mr Cassidy added: "His mother has since contacted my office. There's been a reconciliation."

District Judge Fiona Bagnall bound Kelly over on terms that he is not to behave aggressively towards the victim.

She pointed out: "I'm doing this on the basis that it was a butter knife thrown in the direction of his mother in a course of an argument."

Kelly accepted the 18-month bind-over in the sum of £500.

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