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Man accused of assaulting ex-partner at Feile event

Gerard Fox (45), from Gortnamona Court, was charged with assaulting both his ex-girlfriend and her new partner

A WEST Belfast man accused of assaulting his ex-partner at a Feile event has been released on bail.

Gerard Fox (45), from Gortnamona Court, was charged with assaulting both his ex-girlfriend and her new partner at an 80s disco last weekend.

Crown barrister Sarah Minford told the High Court that Fox was facing two sets of charges.

Revealing the first charge was an allegation of harassment, she said that around 1am on July 7, Fox is accused of calling his ex's mobile twice, despite his number being blocked.

When questioned by police, Fox accepted he'd made the calls but said he dialled her number by accident.

Ms Minford said the second charges related to the alleged assault of the same woman and her partner at a Feile event.

Police received reports that a woman had been knocked unconscious at an 80s disco and when they attended the incident, the injured woman said both she and her partner had been assaulted by Fox. She attended hospital where she was treated for injuries including a suspected nasal fracture and a cut to her lip which required stitches.

Fox fled and was arrest a short time later. During interview, he claimed he was firstly verbally abused by friends of his ex before being physically attacked which prompted him to act in self-defence.

Whilst he accepted there was a physical altercation with the other man, he denied attacking his ex-partner.

Defence barrister Aileen Smyth said her client was "a 45-year old man who has never found himself before the court before". Ms Smyth said the former couple attended the 80s disco separately but encountered each other "by happenstance", adding it was his claim that he was attacked first.

Lord Justice Treacy agreed to release Fox on his own bail of £500 and ordered that he live at an approved address.

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