Man accused of throwing ex-partner in front of lorry granted bail

The High Court in Belfast heard the accused punched and kicked his ex-partner about the face and body after they had been out at a nightclub

A CO Tyrone man allegedly threw his teenage girlfriend in front of a lorry as part of a year-long campaign of domestic abuse, the High Court heard today.

He is also accused of punching and kicking her about the face and body after they had been out at a nightclub.

Prosecutors set out further claims that the 21-year-old man stole cash from the girl and threatened to kill her and her family if she informed police.

Details emerged as he was granted bail again amid allegations of fresh contact through social media.

With social services involved in the case, the defendant is not being named to protect his 17-year-old ex-partner's identity.

He faces 14 charges, including attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, seven counts of common assault, threats to kill, theft and common assault.

The alleged offences occurred on dates between September 2016, when the girl was 16, and September 2017.

Police launched an investigation after she claimed her former partner had subjected her to episodes of violence, the court heard.

Bail previously granted to the accused was revoked amid claims he breached a ban on contacting his ex-partner.

Defence counsel stressed the alleged breaches were denied, arguing someone else sent the messages on a fake social media account to compromise his client.

Granting bail once more, Mr Justice McCloskey imposed a ban on the accused accessing the internet.

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