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Battling in-laws terrorised A&E ward

Two men who used a knuckle-duster and a wheel brace in a “vicious fight” which terrified patients in the casualty department of Belfast's Mater hospital were brothers-in-law, a court heard yesterday.

A lawyer revealed that the pair “made up their differences almost immediately afterwards”.

Belfast Crown Court was told that 50-year-old George McCartney from Carr's Glen Park in the north of the city went to the A&E department after learning that his wife had been taken there by her brother with injuries sustained in an incident at their home.

A lawyer said that McCartney was upset that his wife had allowed her brother Phillip George Blaney (45) from Westland Road, Portadown into their home and that he went to the hospital armed with a knuckle-duster.

After hearing about the knuckle duster, Blaney got a wheel brace and the two men fought each other in the casualty department with McCartney “coming off by far the worse”.

But a prosecution lawyer said they quickly made up their differences and there had been no trouble since.

The court was told the incident had been fuelled by alcohol.

McCartney, who pleaded guilty to affray and having an offensive weapon, was sentenced to a total of two years imprisonment, suspended for three years.

Blaney will be dealt with today.

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