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Man Swung Brush At Girlfriend And Then Threatened To Slit Her Uncle’s Throat, Court Hears

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Coleraine Courthouse

A man swung a brush at his girlfriend and then produced a knife and threatened to slit her uncle’s throat, a court has been told.

Samuel Atcheson (31), of Cranfield Court, Portstewart, has been jailed for four months. A prosecutor said there was a disturbance at an address in Portstewart on May 27 last year where the woman had been staying with her boyfriend – the defendant – and after a verbal dispute the woman’s uncle came to the property.

The prosecuting lawyer said the woman alleged she was grabbed by the wrist and neck by the defendant who then “swung a brush at her”, grabbed her face and threw a punch towards her.
The prosecutor said the uncle said he was assaulted and that Atcheson produced a knife and “threatened to slit his throat”.

In another incident, in November last year, the defendant admitted handling stolen goods – a camouflage hoodie and two pairs of Nike trainers.

A defence lawyer for the defendant, who appeared before the court on Monday April 30 via video link from Magilligan Prison, claimed “another” person was the “instigator” of the May 27 incident.
He said the defendant, who had a record, had difficulties with alcohol and substance abuse and had psychiatric issues.
In relation to May 27, the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault and possessing an offensive weapon – a knife – with intent to commit an offence.

District Judge Liam McNally said they were “very serious charges” and said the defendant had a bad record and along with the four months jail term issued a two year restraining order.

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