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Man armed with knife broke through barricades to bite and beat up father, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A man armed with a knife allegedly broke through barricades to bite and beat up his father, the High Court heard on Thursday.

Michael Doran is accused of launching the attack after pursuing his brother with the blade at the family home in Lurgan, Co Armagh earlier this month.

The 25-year-old defendant denies inflicting any injuries on his father and claimed to have the knife for his own safety, a judge was told.

Details emerged as he was granted bail on condition that he finds approved accommodation.

Doran, of Wellington Street in the town, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon with intent, and making threats to kill.

He is further accused of criminal damage to neighbouring cars and a front door during the same incident.

Police were called to the house on November 3 amid reports Doran had beaten up his father and was chasing him with a knife, the court heard.

Prosecution counsel Breige Gilmore said the alleged victim told officers he had tried to separate a row between his two sons.

It was claimed that Michael Doran then took a knife from the kitchen and headed out into the street after his brother.

He allegedly threatened: "I'm going to kill you and your son."

According to Mrs Gilmore the accused returned to the house and tried to get into the kitchen where his father had barricaded himself in while phoning police.

"The applicant gained access to the kitchen and assaulted the injured party by punching him and biting his hand," the barrister contended.

The judge, Sir Richard McLaughin, was told Doran's father managed to flee from the scene.

Police who recorded his account on body-worn cameras were said to have observed multiple bites and a large amount of blood.

During interviews Doran claimed he had chased his brother with the knife in self-defence.

His lawyer argued that he feared for his own life after being attacked by his sibling.

"The applicant makes the case that an Apache Indian ornament had been lifted and used to hit him on the head," defence counsel added.

Granting bail, the judge imposed a curfew, electronic tagging and stressed Doran can only be released to an address considered suitable by police or the court.

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