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Masked man 'confronted family armed with a knife'

By Alan Erwin

A mother and daughter were allegedly woken by a masked man carrying a knife as part of ongoing "bad blood" between families, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors said the woman tore off the disguise to reveal his identity after he arrived at their Co Tyrone home in the middle of the night.

Michael O'Neill faces charges of criminal damage, attempted criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon with intent on March 18.

The 47-year-old, of North Close in Stewartstown, was granted bail but banned from entering the street where the alleged victims live.

Opposing his bid to return to the town on bail, a Crown lawyer claimed: "There's bad blood between the applicant and injured party, and there's anti-social behaviour as well."

Defence counsel stressed O'Neill denies taking any weapon to the scene, adding that none has been recovered.

Mr Justice Colton ordered O'Neill to abide by a curfew and electronic tagging.

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