Man has bail varied to allow him to return to Ballynahinch

Man has bail varied to allow him to return to Ballynahinch

A MAN accused of assaults and making a threat to kill has had his bail conditions varied to allow him to return to his home in Ballynahinch.

The development happened at Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Monday regarding Neil Cullen (43), of Hillfoot Crescent.

He is charged with assaulting a male and female and making a threat to kill in relation to August 7 this year.

A previous court heard the defendant had been living elsewhere in County Down and a bail condition had banned him from Ballynahinch.

At the earlier hearing a police officer had objected to bail and said the alleged injured parties lived a short distance away from the defendant's address.

The officer told the court Cullen was alleged to have approached the back of a property and "threatened to kill the two i.p's (injured parties) and their family".

The PSNI man said a rear garden "door" had been forced open which struck one of the injured parties on the arm and Cullen had allegedly thrown a piece of wood at the second injured party.

Defence barrister Caitriona Keenan told the earlier court the defendant denied the charges.

She said: "He indicated somebody had spray painted 'Drug Dealers Out' on the injured party's house. Mr Cullen got the blame for this.

"He denies this was him and then somebody had spray painted 'Touts Out' on his house so I don't think it is as clear cut as is perhaps being made out".

She said a bail condition could be put in place banning the defendant from approaching the nearby property.

District Judge Amanda Brady said she wanted more information regarding the bail change and the case had been adjourned to September 20.

At Monday's court the judge was told the defendant had no record.

Judge Brady allowed the defendant to return to his home but he is not to go within five metres of the nearby property.

He is also not to have any contact with the alleged injured parties.

The case has been adjourned to October 18.