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Registered blind man accused of assaulting father and teenage brother in violent row


Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

A registered blind man allegedly carried out assaults on both his brother and father, the High Court heard today.

Alexander Cassells is accused of turning violent after a row broke out at their home in Co Tyrone.

The 28-year-old, of Spout Road in Fivemiletown, is charged with two counts of common assault on February 8.

Crown lawyer Philip Henry claimed an argument started when Cassells got up and disturbed his 14-year-old brother after spending the day asleep.

He allegedly struck the teenager on the cheek before their father intervened and pulled him away.

It was claimed Mr Cassells Snr was then hit up to 13 times before making a 999 call.

The accused's father has since withdrawn his complaint, while the younger brother has not made any statement.

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Cassells had been on police bail, but was returned to custody following an alleged alcohol-related breach.

Defence barrister Sean Doherty argued that it would be disproportionate to keep Cassells behind bars on charges which, if proven, may not lead to a prison sentence.

He also confirmed his client is registered blind, with limited vision in only one eye.

During the hearing Mr Justice McCloskey noted the accused's history involves driving incidents.

"He's never had a licence," Mr Doherty responded.

The hearing was then adjourned after objections were raised to a proposed address.

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