Man refused bail over alleged racist attacks in Dungannon

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Lithuanians have been left terrified by attacks on their home in Dungannon, the High Court heard yesterday.

Paint was thrown over their cars and a swastika daubed on a garage door at the property. Two weeks later a woman in the house was woken by a window being smashed, prosecutors said.

Details emerged as bail was refused to a neighbour accused of carrying out the most recent attack.

Gary Smyth, 30, of Lisnaclin Court, faces charges including threats to kill. He is alleged to have thrown a brick at the neighbouring property’s window on August 25. A Lithuanian woman inside heard loud bangs and claimed to recognise Smyth outside.

It was alleged that he ran across the street shouting: “F****** b*******, f****** foreigners, get out now.”

CCTV equipment had been installed at the house, which the victim shares with two other Lithuanians, following a separate attack two weeks earlier when cars were damaged.

Smyth is not charged over that incident. But after his arrest over the window he allegedly threatened a policeman.

Defence counsel attributed the alleged offences to excess drinking and “extremely stupid behaviour”.