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Thug bottled man in face at party, court is told

The trial, at Belfast Crown Court, continues today (stock photo)
The trial, at Belfast Crown Court, continues today (stock photo)

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Co Antrim man has gone on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of bottling a man in the face and threatening to kill other party-goers in April last year.

Dean Harrison (24), from Ards Drive in Monkstown, denied unlawfully and maliciously wounding the man with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, making threats to kill and possessing an offensive weapon at a drinks party on April 1 last year.

Prosecution lawyer Jim Johnston told the jury that the injured party had called to his sister's Newtownabbey home, along with a friend, after being out celebrating his father's birthday.

Mr Johnston said that some time later Dean Harrison was let into the house. He was drunk and acting aggressively.

Harrison allegedly began arguing with two women, and with one in particular there was "pushing and shoving."

It was at this point, the Crown claims, that Harrison was asked to leave the house. Instead he was seen to break a wine bottle and "deliberately" struck the injured party on the left-hand side of the jaw and neck.

The court also heard Harrison was heard saying "I'll kill all of you" as he was holding the jagged neck of the bottle.

Although he left the house, Harrison was later arrested by police as he attempted to run off. During police interview, he made no comment.

Mr Johnston said the injured man was taken to hospital, where two parallel lacerations several inches long were stitched. The trial continues today.

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