Man bites nephew in New Year row

A Londonderry mother has appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to her son.

The court was told that Tracey Smith, 37, from Glenview Street, shouted "he deserved it" after her son was alleged beaten unconscious and bitten by his uncle.

Steven Smith, 22, from Bradley's Park, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm to his 18-year-old nephew on New Year's Day.

Both were remanded in custody.

Londonderry magistrates court was told that both defendants went to the 18-year-old's home in St Eithne's Park to confront him about why he had spent New Year's Eve with his girlfriend rather than with them.

A police officer said witnesses told the PSNI that Steven Smith allegedly punched, head butted and bit his nephew, who then fell unconscious on to the kitchen floor.

The teenager was later treated in hospital for bite lacerations to his ear and cheek.

The police officer said the actions of the two defendants were fuelled by drugs and alcohol, and she said the youth's mother made no attempt to protect her son.

Tracey Smith was also charged with burglary and assaulting a police officer. Her brother Steven Smith is also charged with burglary.

The district judge Barney McElholm, described the details of the case as "absolutely disgraceful".

Both defendants are due to appear in court again later this month.