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Co Down man kicked and punched girlfriend in face, court told

Dominic Fearon is charged with assaulting his girlfriend

A Co. Down man has appeared in court accused of breaking his girlfriends nose by “kicking and punching her in the face.”

Armagh Magistrates Court, sitting in Lisburn, heard how police found the woman “drifting into unconsciousness” when they went to her home on Monday June 1.

Appearing at court via videolink, Dominic Fearon (35) confirmed that he understood the five charges against him.

Fearon, from Forestbrook Avenue in Rostrevor, was charged with attempting to inflict GBH with intent, causing his girlfriend actual bodily harm, common assault against her friend, stealing her mobile phone and possessing class B cannabis.

A Detective Constable objected to bail because his address was deemed too close to his alleged victim as their gardens “are adjacent and separated by a fence.”

He said the complainants friend called police at around 3pm on Sunday afternoon to report the assault, adding that when officers arrived, they found the woman “bleeding from her nose, lying on the floor, drifting into unconsciousness.”

Her friend claimed Fearon had “dragged her to the floor by her hair” where he allegedly “kicked and punched her in the face” before also punching the complainant’s friend and leaving with his girlfriend's mobile phone

The officer said the victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for a broken nose and concussion while Fearon was arrested.

The court heard that a “small amount” of cannabis was discovered on Fearon at that stage and during police interviews, he admitted it was his and that he had “struck” his girlfriend.

He denied however that he had kicked her or punched her friend and also that he had stolen her mobile phone, claiming that while it was found in his possession, he had lifted it by mistake thinking it was his.

The detective said the “main objection” to bail was a proposed address but representing himself, Fearon suggested that he could live with relatives in Hilltown.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told Fearon “I’m minded to grant bail” but warned him he would not be freed until police approved the proposed bail address.

As well as a residence condition, the judge barred Fearon from having or drinking alcohol and from contacting either of the alleged victims.

Adjourning the case to June 10, the judge told Fearon “I would suggest that you get a solicitor and get legal advice.”

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