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Man used mobile phone to film ‘aggressive’ dad but it made his father ‘more angry’

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A COURT heard a man began to record on his mobile phone “for his own safety” as his dad was being ‘aggressive’ towards him but it made his father more angry.

The details emerged at Coleraine Magistrates Court where Seamus Edward Fleming (57), of Park Street in Coleraine, admitted a charge of assault.

A defence solicitor said it was a technical assault and there had been no physical contact.

District Judge Peter King said: “There is nothing as bad as dealing with a family dispute that spills over into the criminal court two weeks before Christmas”.

A prosecutor said that on October 20 this year the defendant’s son made a 999 call to police that his father was being aggressive and shouting and requested that officers attended.

The court heard part of the incident had been captured by the mobile phone.

A defence solicitor said it was a “family squabble” and said the defendant’s son had been working in England before returning home a year ago with the intention of staying with his parents for a short time but was still in the property.

The lawyer said there had been some arguments about whether the son was going to get a place of his own.

The solicitor said that during the October 20 incident the son began to video his dad which made the defendant “angry” although there had been no physical contact.

The defence lawyer said the son has been living in the house since the incident but has now made arrangements to move out.

The defendant was given a one year conditional discharge.

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