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Heroin addict 'assaulted mum and threatened suicide'

A heroin addict allegedly assaulted his mother and threatened to kill himself if she did not give him money, the High Court has heard.

Stephen Bartley (28) is also accused of damaging a wall during a row over being refused permission to have a girlfriend stay over. Bartley, of Castle Gardens, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, faces charges of attempted blackmail, common assault and criminal damage.

Even though his mother has withdrawn her complaint, a judge was told the prosecution is continuing.

Bartley, a self-confessed heroin addict, currently on a methadone |treatment programme, is alleged to have committed the offences on May 18 and 19.

Police were told his mother was assaulted when she would not let the woman stay at her house.

During a bail application it was claimed he also aggressively demanded £20 from her bank account.

A prosecution barrister said: “It was alleged that he threatened to kill himself if she did not give him the money.”

Bartley was granted bail to live at another address in the town.

The judge imposed an exclusion zone around the alleged victim's home, but added: “Should matters improve ... the applicant can apply to vary bail.”

Belfast Telegraph