Co Down man accused of trying to strangle his mum refused bail

A co-down man accused of repeatedly slapping his mother in the face and attempting to strangle her must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled today.

Christopher Smith has been denied bail amid allegations he also produced a knife during last week’s violence.

The 36-year-old from Mount Pleasant in Newry is charged with assault and threatening and abusive conduct.

The court heard his mother contact police from a pay phone in the city on November 17, saying she had just been attacked at her home.

Prosecutor Mark O’Connor said: “She alleged her son assaulted her by repeatedly hitting her and causing visible bruising to her face.

“She also claimed that he strangled her, that he once had a knife and that she feared for her life during the incident.”

The woman was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry with suspected fractures, but treatment confirmed there were no fractures.

Photos of her wounds were shown during the hearing.

Smith told police his mother already had some visible injuries and swelling on her face when he got to her home.

He accepted that they were not of the magnitude depicted in the photographs, but stated that he could not fully recall events due to taking medication and drinking vodka.

A defense attorney argued that Smith only had a knife to threaten self-harm.

However, Mr Judge Rooney refused bail, saying he could not impose conditions suitable to prevent the risk of further crime.

The judge pointed out, “This is a man whose mother claims he tried to strangle her.” Co Down man accused of trying to strangle his mum refused bail

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