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Man attacked teenage mother of his new-born baby, court hears

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the girl arrived at his home, carrying their child in a car seat, and found him asleep upstairs

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A MAN described as a "love rat" allegedly attacked the teenage mother of his new-born baby after she discovered text messages from another woman, a court has heard.

Anthony Kearns (21) is accused of kicking the 16-year-old girl in the stomach and banging her head off a wall at his Arundel Walk home in Belfast.

Police also claimed she had to go to hospital because stitches from giving birth days earlier re-opened.

Kearns denies a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on July 12.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the girl arrived at his home, carrying their child in a car seat, and found him asleep upstairs.

She claims she answered Kearns' phone when it rang, saw messages and began slapping his face to wake him amid suspicions he was being unfaithful.

He allegedly responded by kicking her in the stomach, causing her to fall back against bedroom furniture, and spitting in her face as she lay on the floor.

He faces further charges of disordered behaviour, threats to damage property, and assault on police.

Kearns claims the girl tripped and fell as he tried to push her back after she launched an attack while he slept.

Seeking bail, defence solicitor Paddy Hunt argued she was unhappy at discovering his client was in a new relationship following their break-up.

District Judge Harry McKibbin was also told the alleged victim called him names during the incident.

He pointed out: "The fact he is what would be described as a love rat is neither here nor there in relation to this particular issue at this point in time."

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