A Belfast man allegedly struck his brother to the face "multiple" times in a row over money, a court heard today.
Philip Cusack (32) appeared before the city's Magistrates’ Court to face a charge of common assault.
Cusack, with an address at Cliftondene Crescent in north Belfast, was arrested following the incident on Monday.
Police said the accused's brother claimed he had been attacked at the property where they were both living.
"He stated that Philip pushed him over a chair and hit him multiple times to the face," a PSNI officer told the court.
Following his detention, the defendant alleged they had been arguing about money.
"He admitted in interview that he hit his brother, but not at full force," the officer added.
Cusack was also said to have described the pair as "best mates".
No defence lawyer represented the accused during the brief hearing.
He was granted bail if an address approved by police can be located.
Banning him from the Cliftondene Crescent area, District Judge George Conner also ordered: "You are to have no contact with the alleged injured party, and make to references to him on social media."