A 40-year-old Dungiven man has appeared at Londonderry Crown Court accused of stabbing his brother in a row over dishes.
Stephen Thomas Donaghy, from Main Street, denied wounding with intent and possessing a knife.
The offences are alleged to have occurred in their father's home on Saturday night.
A defence solicitor said his client had acted in self defence.
The solicitor also said his client lived in "fear of his brother" because of a history of violence between them.
He explained that during the row the defendant was thrown onto the floor, kicked by his brother and that cutlery and dishes were thrown about the kitchen.
District judge Barney McElholm adjourned the bail application until next Monday to enable the defendant to obtain a suitable address and remanded him in custody.