Man used scissors to stab partner's brother
A father-of-two whose partner is seven months pregnant with their third child has appeared in custody at the Magistrates Court in Londonderry charged with assaulting his partner's brother in her home on Sunday night.
Stephen Dennis Tracey (42) – a telecommunications worker – has 66 previous convictions, but none of them for offences of violence.
He admitted hitting the victim on the head with a hammer and stabbing him five times in the head with a pair of scissors.
The defendant, whose address is Bentley Terrace in the Waterside area of the city, told the police he was acting in self-defence.
A police witness told District Judge Barney McElholm that when officers arrived at the scene of the attack in the Glenvale Park home of the defendant's partner, they found both the defendant and his victim "covered in blood".
Opposing Tracey's bail, the officer described the assault as "brutal".
However, the defendant was released on his own bail of £1,000 to reside at his parents' home at Maydown until his next court appearance on January 9.