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Man accused of assaulting mother in ‘unprovoked attack’ granted bail

The 21-year-old is alleged to have held glass to his mother's neck before pushing her to the floor and kicking her to the back and stomach whilst laughing

A man who is accused of assaulting his mother in an “unprovoked attack” after being invited round for dinner has been released on bail.

The 21-year-old is alleged to have held glass to his mother’s neck before pushing her to the floor and kicking her whilst laughing.

Nathan Amor, from Portadown but with an address at a hostel in Belfast, appeared charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage at Craigavon Magistrates’, sitting at Lisburn, on Friday via videolink from police custody.

Defence solicitor Conor Downey informed the court that a bail application, which was opposed by police, was being made on his client’s behalf.

Prosecution stated: “This is a record which is frankly appalling for someone of his age.”

It was outlined that on August 19, police received a report of an alleged assault which had occurred the previous night.

The alleged injured party, defendant’s mother, stated that she had invited Amor for dinner at her home in Portadown.

She claimed that during this, the defendant lost his temper which led him to rip curtains from their poles, rip a TV from its bracket, kick a table leg and causing damage to a picture frame.

Amor’s mother alleged the defendant then held glass to her neck and police took a photograph of injuries arising from this alleged action.

The defendant is then alleged to have pushed his mother to the ground, before kicking her to the back and stomach whilst laughing.

An interview was carried out on the defendant on August 19 during which he made no comment.

Prosecution stated: “This is the latest in a long list of domestic incidents between this mother and son.”

A constable commented that the alleged attack was “totally unprovoked”, adding that Amor had never been convicted of any incident involving his mother due to “withdrawal statements being made or other reasons”.

Mr Downey stated: “There is a long history between Mr Amor and his mother with numerous complaints made, by both him against his mother and vice versa over the years.

“The relationship can be quite toxic. He is living and residing at Centenary House with the Salvation Army on Victoria Street and he has no reason to be in the Craigavon or Lurgan area at all.”

District Judge Rosie Watters commented: “This sounds like a very serious incident to me.”

The constable revealed that the last incident between the two parties was in April of last year.

Amor was granted his own bail of £500 with conditions not to enter Portadown and to have no contact with his mother, with his case being adjourned until September 11.

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