Man was in ‘highly distressed state’ after son threatened to come to his home in breach of bail conditions

A MAN who was not to contact his father as part of bail conditions made phone calls saying he was coming to his home which left his dad in a “highly distressed state,” a court was told.

Aidan McNicholl (33), originally of Glen Road, Garvagh, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court.

He was previously bailed to an address in Newry after being accused of of assaulting his father, damaging a dwelling window and making a threat to damage his dad’s Mercedes car on September 8 this year.

He was also accused of assaulting a police officer on the same date.

The defendant was banned from contacting his father or being within 500 metres of his home and he was not to be under the influence of alcohol in public.

After the phone calls were made police found McNicholl at Coleraine’s Causeway Hospital and he had alcohol taken.

A defence lawyer said the breach of bail was accepted.

He said the defendant had been abstaining from alcohol and was doing well put “lapsed” on Saturday October 19 and an ambulance had been called to take him to hospital.

The lawyer said the idea of going to his father’s house was to “seek help” and no threats had been made.

The defendant was released on continuing bail with an extra condition that he has to report to police in Newry one day a week.

District Judge Peter King warned the defendant if he breached his bail again he would be remaining in custody.

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