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Man accused of Omagh 'hate crime' is remanded


Sean Small is driven into court

Sean Small is driven into court

Sean Small is driven into court

A judge has thrown out a bail application for an Omagh man accused of launching a racially-motivated attack on his next door neighbours.

Sean Small (51) of St Patrick's Terrace is alleged to have put the female occupant in such fear that she leapt out a bedroom window clutching her three-year-old son, after he hammered on the rear and front doors of the property, attacked the male victim, and hurled threats and abuse.

It is alleged during the encounter on Saturday, Small stated: "I don't like Pakistanis and I don't like Slovakians. I'm Irish. I'm a strong boy. I can do anything."

Small was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to the female, assaulting the male, threatening to kill both, having a wooden table-leg as an offensive weapon and damaging two doors.

There is also a charge of harassing the couple between September 17 and February 1.

A detective told Enniskillen Magistrates Court the matters could be connected to the defendant.

He said police received a 999 call shortly before 10.30pm from the alleged male victim who was at work. It was claimed his wife had rung him distressed and crying as Small banged on their doors. The victim ran home, where he encountered Small gripping what was thought to be a baseball bat, although it turned out to be a table leg.

He swung it several times toward the victim. The male victim found his wife and child lying in the rear, very distressed.

Police spoke with her briefly and she described hearing Small shout: "Today I will kill you."

Terrified he would break his way into the house, she leapt out the upper floor window with the child, sustaining a fractured pelvis. The child suffered swelling to his leg.

Police objected to bail.

Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall said: "This was a very, very serious incident. There are no conditions I could impose to address the risks of reoffending and witness interference."

Small will appear again by video-link at Omagh Magistrates Court later this month.

Belfast Telegraph