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Sacked security guard 'lunged at his mother with screwdriver', court hears

An ex-security guard allegedly lunged at his mother with a screwdriver in a drink-fuelled attack, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors also claimed Conor Bolton later phoned her from prison in a bid to get the case dropped.

The 42-year-old, of College Square North, Belfast, faces charges of assaulting Maureen Bolton and possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He was granted bail but banned from having any contact with his mother.

Bolton is alleged to have become abusive after arriving at her home on the Monagh Road in west Belfast on May 22.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said: "She told police he was aggressive towards her and lunged at her whilst holding a screwdriver.

"She said he had put her in significant fear."

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Mrs Bolton claimed she slapped and pushed her son away in order to escape.

Bolton was arrested nearby, still with the screwdriver on him, according to the prosecution.

In a statement to police he said he had it to gain entry to his own flat.

Prosecution fears that Bolton may attempt to interfere with the investigation were based on alleged comments that he wanted to phone his mother "to get the matter sorted out".

She later claimed to have received a call from prison asking her to drop the charges, the court heard.

Defence barrister Damien Halleron linked his client's drink problem to being dismissed from his security guard job.

"That has had an impact on his mental health, and he has dealt with the loss of his job through abusing alcohol, he said.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Horner banned Bolton from drinking and ordered him to attend Alcoholics Anonymous.

The judge further directed: "He is completely prohibited from the Monagh Road area."

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