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Cocaine addict Killian McMackin accused of trying to strangle sister

By Alan Erwin

A cocaine addict allegedly tried to strangle his sister when she intervened in a row with his girlfriend, the High Court heard on Monday.

Killian McMackin also dragged her about the floor and punched her repeatedly at his home in Co Fermanagh, prosecutors claimed.

The 30-year-old was arrested after police forced their way into the flat at Main Street, Lisnaskea last month.

McMackin, a father of three, faces a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

During a bail hearing Crown lawyer Natalie Pinkerton said a woman called 999 to report an ongoing attack at the property on November 24.

"She whispered down the phone 'please hurry'," Ms Pinkerton told the court.

Officers arrived and got inside to discover the flat McMackin shares with his partner empty.

That woman then returned and claimed to police that he had attacked his sister.

By that stage the alleged victim was in hospital receiving treatment for dizziness, swelling and bruising to her head, face and body, along with marks to her neck and forearms.

According to the prosecution she had discovered her brother shoving his partner around after hearing shouting coming from a bedroom.

Ms Pinkerton claimed she intervened before being targeted herself.

McMackin allegedly banged his sister's head and kicked her as she lay on the floor before dragging her about and flinging her on a sofa.

"She said he grabbed her round the throat, attempted to strangle her and punched her repeatedly," the barrister added.

The accused denied the allegations during police interviews, claiming instead that his sister attacked him in the bedroom.

Defence counsel Michael Ward told the court McMackin's problems stemmed from addictions to cocaine and diazepam.

"His drug misuse is the catalyst for what occurred thereafter," Mr Ward said.

"There's no buck-passing in terms of his behaviour, he seems to be acknowledging he has a big problem he needs to remedy."

Adjourning the bail application, Sir Richard McLaughlin insisted he needed more information on steps to seek professional help.

The judge added: "People are entitled to be protected from him."

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