Man who visited neighbour with crossbow 'just showing off', court hears
A man accused of going to a neighbour's home with a crossbow only planned to show it off, the High Court has heard.
Dean Hutchinson was allegedly banging "aggressively" on the door of another flat in the east Belfast tower block where he lives.
The 29-year-old, of Kilbroney House in the Cregagh area, faces a charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said police were alerted after a Housing Executive CCTV operator viewed a man leaving his apartment with a crossbow on June 27.
The resident got into a lift and went to another flat in the same complex.
"He's noted to bang the door aggressively but leaves when no-one answers," Mr Maguire said.
He told the court police searched Hutchinson's home later that day, recovering two crossbows and several crossbow bolts.
Defence counsel Luke Curran stressed that neither bow was loaded.
He confirmed Hutchinson does not dispute having them in his home, claiming that they had been given to him.
"He went round to show off the items, but there's no suggestion of any ill-will or feud between him and the other occupier," the barrister said.
Mr Curran compared the crossbows to "ornamental samurai swords" kept by others and questioned whether his client actually had them in a public place.
It was confirmed that police have now removed the bows.
Granting bail, Mr Justice Maguire ordered Hutchinson to live at a relative's address under curfew.
The judge also banned him from entering Kilbroney House.
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