Man (58) is alleged to have used a brush shaft which caused 'gash' to neighbour's head in Cullybackey

Man (58) is alleged to have used a brush shaft which caused 'gash' to neighbour's head in Cullybackey

A 58-year-old Cullybackey man is accused of hitting a neighbour (59) on the head and face with a brush shaft in connection with rubbish allegedly having been thrown into a garden, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

Stephen William Meeke, of Station Road, is charged with wounding; causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a brush shaft as an offensive weapon with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

District Judge Nigel Broderick asked a prosecutor to give an outline of the case to see if he could deal with it in the Magistrates Court or if he believed it should go to the Crown Court.

A prosecutor said at 8.15pm on May 27 this year police received a report of assault at Station Road.

Police saw a man's "top covered in blood" and he had a "gash on the back of his head and a cut to his lip".

The prosecutor said the man told police there had been an "argument between him and his neighbour over rubbish been thrown into his garden by the defendant.

"It is alleged during the argument that the defendant lifted a brush shaft and hit the injured party over the head and that it also struck him to the face."

Defence solicitor Emma McCann told the court: "The papers are quite lengthy".

The case has been adjourned to November 25 to get the "attitude" of the defendant to the charges.