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Man stabbed uncle with vodka bottle and threatened to chop him up, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly stabbed his uncle in the neck and threatened to chop him up, the High Court has heard.

Paul Smith is accused of attacking Eamonn O'Neill with a vodka bottle after being ejected from his west Belfast home during a drink-fuelled row.

He denies charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.

The 33-year-old, of Cuchulainn House, Belfast, was granted bail but banned from going near his uncle's Divis Street home.

Mr O'Neill received 15 stitches and staples for neck and ear wounds inflicted during the alleged incident on February 2, the court heard.

Prosecuting counsel said he was initially unable to tell police who had stabbed him, but made a statement naming Smith the following day.

It was claimed that the men had been drinking heavily before the accused began to row with his girlfriend and Mr O'Neill.

Smith was asked to leave but later returned to carry out the attack, the prosecutor said.

"The applicant is alleged to have lifted an empty vodka bottle, hit him (Mr O'Neill) over the head and stabbed him in the neck with the broken bottle," she told the court.

"He threatened that he was going to chop up his uncle and his girlfriend, although there's no charge in relation to the girlfriend," she added.

Jon Paul Shields, defending, stressed Smith denied any involvement in the incident.

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