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Belfast man 'put dog lead on sister and made death threats', court hears

Thomas Lundy appeared before Belfast High Court on Wednesday
Thomas Lundy appeared before Belfast High Court on Wednesday

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast man allegedly put a dog lead around his sister's neck and threatened to kill her, the High Court has heard.

Thomas Lundy, 28, is also accused of punching the woman before jumping from a first floor window when police arrived.

Prosecutors claimed he committed the offences while on bail for a suspected aggravated burglary at the home of an elderly man.

Lundy, of Parkville Court in the Skegoneill area of the city, faces charges of common assault, threats to kill and threats to damage property over the latest alleged incident.

Crown lawyer Kate McKay said police went to his sister's home on July 30 after a 999 call was cut short.

The woman told officers Lundy had become verbally abusive when she tried to use her mobile phone, according to the prosecution.

He allegedly threatened to smash the handset, hit her with a dog lead and grabbed her by the throat.

Mrs McKay continued: "She said he put the dog lead around her neck, said he was going to kill her and punched her several times."

Police at the scene observed and photographed injuries to the woman's neck and arm, the court heard.

Lundy was said to have been located outside the property after jumping from the first floor window.

His sister has not made a statement of complaint, although Mrs McKay said her allegations were recorded by officers at the scene.

Lundy had been on bail at the time while charged with an aggravated burglary at Vicarage Street, Belfast in February.

Two men allegedly broke into the home of an elderly man, stealing two watches, £460 in cash and medication.

Mrs McKay claimed one of the intruders held a pipe against the victim's throat while demanding that he hand over a wallet in his shirt pocket.

She said Lundy had the wallet, cash and medication in his possession when arrested.

During interviews he denied stealing any of the belongings, claiming instead that he was invited into the flat and had been drinking with the alleged victim.

Defence barrister Richard McConkey confirmed Lundy is also denying any assault on his sister.

"She doesn't appear to have made a formal statement to police," he added.

But refusing bail after highlighting alleged breaches of previous release conditions, Mr Justice Maguire said: "This man does not have my sympathies."

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