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Mental assessment for saw blade assault accused

By George Jackson

A man arrested for holding a serrated circular saw blade to a woman's throat told the police he had watched a similar weapon being constructed on a video game, a court has heard.

A PSNI officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that the blade had been bolted onto a yard-long pole and that after his arrest the defendant told the police "he didn't like people".

Seamus Patrick McCallion (24) was arrested after police received reports that he was wandering around Ederowen Park in the Galliagh area of Londonderry wielding the weapon. A man managed to disarm him before officers arrived at the scene on Saturday.

The defendant is charged with assaulting both the woman and the man who disarmed him. He's also charged with possessing the nine-inch diameter weapon and a firework.

Mr McElholm asked for mental assessments to be done after McCallion arrived at Maghaberry Prison.

"It seems he does not know the difference between reality and video games", he said.

The bail application was adjourned until October 13.

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