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Newtownabbey man threw phone at 93-year-old grandmother, court told

Belfast High Court.
Belfast High Court.

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly threw a phone at his 93-year-old grandmother, the High Court has heard.

Raymond George Neal is also accused of kicking a neighbour in the face and knocking out two of his teeth in a separate unprovoked attack.

Refusing bail to the 39-year-old, a judge described his application as "completely hopeless".

Neal, of Cedar Court in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage, common assault, and possessing Class B and C drugs.

He was arrested after police were called to reports of a fight on July 23.

Officers found a man at the scene with a bloodied face, scratches and missing two teeth, the court was told.

He claimed that Neal had launched an unprovoked attack while they were having a friendly conversation at their communal flats.

The man was allegedly punched and put in a choke hold before being thrown on the ground and kicked in the face.

His mobile phone was also smashed, according to the prosecution.

A Crown lawyer said Neal responded to being detained and cautioned by claiming police were kidnapping him.

During interviews he allegedly stated: "I don't even know what my name is. Who am I?"

Although the defendant was subsequently released, the court heard he was arrested again for allegedly assaulting his grandmother on October 7.

Prosecution counsel said the 93-year-old woman claimed Neal threw a phone at her, causing her to fall over.

She sustained bruising to her leg, but was released from hospital following checks, the court heard.

Denying the allegations, Neal was said to have told police: "It wasn't a phone, it was a Kindle and it wasn't intentional."

Defence barrister Richard McConkey argued that Neal should be released because any trial could be months away.

But Lord Justice McCloskey ruled the accused must remain in custody due to the risk of further offences.

He said: "The ingredients in the equation tipping in favour of granting bail are zero. I'm sorry to say the application is completely hopeless."

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