Belfast Telegraph

Son lunged at parents with a kitchen knife, court hears

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man accused of lunging at his parents with a kitchen knife the day they returned from holiday was refused bail yesterday.

Ross Guiney (20), from Bluefield Close, Carrickfergus, is charged with unlawfully assaulting his mother and father, and with possessing a knife with intent to commit assault.

Police told Belfast Magistrates Court the defendant's parents were so frightened during the alleged attack at their home in Carrick on Wednesday evening that they had locked themselves inside their car.

Officers said there was a "history of domestic violence" with the defendant, including incidents where a weapon was used, and claimed that Guiney had a "serious drug addiction problem".

The court heard it was the police's case that when Guiney's parents arrived home from a holiday, they were informed that packages containing drugs had been delivered to their home.

However, a family member had then lifted the packages and taken them to a police station.

It was alleged that Guiney then demanded money from his mother, before taking a kitchen knife from a drawer and lunging at his parents.

The constable said: "They were so fearful that they locked themselves in their car."

A police officer said he could connect the defendant to the charges before the court.

He confirmed that the PSNI objected to Guiney being released on bail because he was considered to be at high risk of re-offending.

He also told district judge Peter King that the new alleged offences came while he was on bail for another matter.

There were concerns over his lack of a suitable address.

Guiney's solicitor asked that his client be granted bail at an address approved by police.

But a judge refused to release the defendant and he was remanded in custody to appear again via video link on July 21.

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