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Police fail to block bail of homes attack suspect

By Alan Erwin

Published 26/05/2015

A man wielded a knife and hammer in attacks on relatives and their homes, a court has heard.

Gary Hartley broke into one house and inflicted damage on a car during a sustained outbreak of violence, police claimed.

The 47-year-old Co Antrim man faces a total of 10 charges connected to a series of incidents in Greenisland on May 18.

The alleged offences include aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and four assaults.

Hartley, of Knockleigh Drive in Carrickfergus, is also accused of criminal damage to two houses, a Renault Scenic car, attempting to enter another dwelling with intent, and possession of offensive weapons, namely a knife and hammer.

As he appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court police opposed bail, claiming he may try to target relatives again.

A detective said: "This was a sustained attack involving a number of incidents.

"There was damage to a car, two houses and two members of the family in a number of sequential attacks involving knives and a hammer."

It was alleged that at one stage Hartley entered his nephew's home armed with a blade.

Hartley was granted bail but was banned from contacting any alleged victims. He is due back in court on June 1.

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