Belfast Telegraph

Son 'threw his father's walking aid in bath'

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly threw his widowed father's Zimmer frame in the bath after threatening to burn down the family home, the High Court has heard.

Joseph McAlinden also squared up to the 71-year-old and told him he would break his jaw, prosecutors claimed.

McAlinden (29) is accused of common assault and threats to damage property over the alleged incident in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.

McAlinden was arrested after police were called out to the Railway View property on August 30.

Prosecutor Philip Henry claimed the accused had started a row after arriving home drunk and under the influence of drugs.

Defence counsel Michael Boyd acknowledged his client could be prone to verbal outbursts while under the influence of drink.

McAlinden was granted bail but banned from entering the town or contacting his father. Mr Justice Burgess was told the accused could stay at a Sisters of Mercy hostel in Armagh.

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