A man accused of stabbing two brothers after forcing his way into a house in west Belfast claims he acted in self-defence, the High Court heard today.
Samuel Lillie allegedly slashed one victim on the cheek and inflicted a wound to the other's hand during a confrontation last month.
The 33-year-old is charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Lillie, of Abbey Ring in Holywood, Co Down, was granted bail but banned from entering the west of the city.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at Clonavogie Gardens in the early hours of December 27.
Lillie had been socialising with a group, the court heard, but was asked to leave the property due to his erratic and aggressive behaviour.
Prosecutors claimed he returned a short time later and started kicking and banging on doors and windows.
Lillie then allegedly produced a kitchen knife and attacked one victim at the front door, stabbing him in the cheek.
The other man suffered a knife wound to his hand amid attempts to assist his brother.
The pair, both aged in their thirties, were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.
Lillie left the scene but was located and detained a short distance away.
During police interviews he claimed it was the others who directed aggression at him.
Defence barrister Aaron Thompson argued that one of the alleged victims subsequently sent a text message about the incident to a relative of his client.
"There is a reference to (Lillie) having been beaten up, that he was quite seriously 'battered'," counsel submitted.
"There are two sides to this... he has made a significant and detailed account of self-defence."
Based on Lillie's intention to contest the charges, Mr Justice Huddleston decided to grant bail.
Excluding him from west Belfast, the judge also ordered: "He is not to be in contact with any Crown witnesses or injured parties."