A man allegedly brandished a knife at his mother and sister as he threatened: "I will kill you all", a court heard today.
Sean Savage is accused of producing the blade while members of the family gathered at a house in Crumlin, Co Antrim.
The 31-year-old, with an address at Waring Street in Belfast, was remanded in custody on charges of threats to kill, possessing an offensive weapon, and common assault.
He was arrested after police were alerted to the incident on December 19.
Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Belfast, heard claims that he became aggressive as the family listened to a radio programme.
An intoxicated Savage began screaming and shouting at his mother "out of nowhere", it was alleged.
According to the prosecution he declared "You kill me, I will kill you" before lifting a kitchen knife and putting it to her throat.
He then allegedly stormed upstairs before leaving the house with the blade in the waistband of his trousers.
Savage's sister was called to the address in a bid to provide help.
"She said she saw the defendant holding a knife and saying 'I will kill you all'," a Crown lawyer added.
The accused was later detained in the Orchard Hill area of Crumlin. Searches of the area failed to locate any knife.
During interviews he denied being at his mother's home that night, claiming instead that he was in the town to visit friends.
He explained that blood on him was from cutting his finger days earlier, the court heard.
Defence solicitor Pearse MacDermott stressed that Savage has been held in custody since December 20 due to circumstances relating to Covid.
However, District Judge Rosalie Prytherch refused his application for bail due to the risk of any further offences.
She remanded Savage in custody, to appear by video-link in four weeks' time.