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Antosco, with an address at Woodside Hill in Portadown, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and making a threat to kill his partner on Sunday, and a further charge of assaulting his son on June 3 (stock photo)

Antosco, with an address at Woodside Hill in Portadown, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and making a threat to kill his partner on Sunday, and a further charge of assaulting his son on June 3 (stock photo)

Antosco, with an address at Woodside Hill in Portadown, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and making a threat to kill his partner on Sunday, and a further charge of assaulting his son on June 3 (stock photo)

A man has appeared in court accused of attacking all of his family, including his two-year-old son.

Adrian Antosco, a Romanian national, is accused of breaking his partner's cheekbone when he backhanded her, assaulting his teenage stepdaughter by grabbing her and throwing her against the wall, and slapping his young son across the face.

The 28-year-old appeared at Armagh Magistrates Court, sitting in Lisburn, via video-link from police custody.

Antosco, with an address at Woodside Hill in Portadown, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and making a threat to kill his partner on Sunday, and a further charge of assaulting his son on June 3.

A detective constable said she believed she could connect Antosco to the charges, describing how staff at Craigavon Area Hospital contacted police on Monday when his partner had to be treated for a fractured cheekbone.

The victim told police that on Sunday there had been a "verbal argument" between Antosco and his 15-year-old stepdaughter about her "texting boys from her phone".

"She said that the defendant grabbed her by both arms and pushed her backwards so she fell against the wall," the detective said.

While the teenager was not injured, her mum, Antosco's partner, stepped between them to "stop her daughter getting hurt" and pushed him back, but the defendant allegedly hit the right side of her face with the back of his right hand fracturing her cheekbone, and then kicked her "numerous times" while she was in the floor.

She also told police that a few days previously the couple's two-year-old son had been toying with the buttons on the cooker when Antosco allegedly "slapped him on the right-hand side of his face".

Arrested and interviewed, the court heard that Antosco admitted hitting his partner, grabbing his stepdaughter and "pushing" his son, but denied lashing out with kicks or that he slapped his son.

The officer conceded that while Antosco had a clear record with no domestic violence history, she was objecting to bail due to concerns about witness interference and further offences being committed as his partner "is afraid of repercussions if he is freed".

Defence solicitor Gabriel Ingram argued that Antosco could be freed with conditions.

District Judge Amanda Brady agreed, saying that while she could understand police concerns, "on balance I'm going to admit him to bail".

Freed on his own bail of £250, she told Antosco to find a bail address which police would approve and barred him from entering Portadown and from contacting his alleged victims.

The case was adjourned to July 4.

Belfast Telegraph