Accused of possessing samurai sword

A man has appeared in court accused of forcing his way into a house at the weekend armed with a samurai sword.

Robert Emmett Rogan, of Altcar Park, is charged with burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm on May 31.

He is further charged with possession of an offensive weapon with intent.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations the 29-year-old went into the woman’s house looking for a man who was in the property.

She heard a commotion and allegedly saw Rogan on top of the man pointing a samurai sword at his neck and chest area.

The court heard claims she tried to grab the blade and sustained a cut to her hand.

The man also sustained a small cut during the alleged incident.

The court was told there were three young children in the property at the time.

It is alleged Rogan left the property and was arrested a short time later. During police interview, he denied any involvement.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police have concerns for public safety and the safety of the complainant.

He said the weapon is ‘capable of cutting people’ and there is ‘no clear motive for this attack’.

District Judge Peter King refused bail for fear of further offences.

He said ‘the image of you on top of the injured party with a samurai sword pointed down at him is one that is difficult to shake from my mind’.

Rogan was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on June 11.