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Neighbours accused of suspected race-hate attack on Hungarian woman's home

By Alan Erwin

Two neighbours accused of a suspected race-hate attack on a Hungarian woman's home must not enter north Belfast, a judge ordered today.

The prohibition was imposed on Thomas Johnston, 34, and Evelyn King, 50, as part of conditions under which they were granted bail.

They appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court after a window at the front of the house on Broom Street in the Woodvale area was smashed on Monday.

A man and woman, who are originally from Hungary, were inside at the time but uninjured.

Johnston and King, both with addresses on Broom Street, are each charged with criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

A police officer who connected them to the alleged offences confirmed bail was not opposed on certain conditions.

As well as keeping out of north Belfast the two accused are to have no contact with the victim or each other.

A night-time curfew and alcohol ban was also imposed.

Although the district judge granted bail on those terms, both accused are expected to remain in custody until they secure addresses approved by police.

Johnston and King are due back in court on October 15.

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