Ballykelly man is accused of using toilet roll holder with intent to commit assault during 'campaign of terror'

Ballykelly man is accused of using toilet roll holder with intent to commit assault during 'campaign of terror'

A BALLYKELLY man is accused of using a toilet roll holder and 'hoover pole' with intent to commit assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his partner during what a judge described as a "campaign of terror".

Scott McElwee (24), of Tamlough Park, is charged in relation to dates in April this year.

He is also accused of assaulting his partner occasioning her actual bodily harm and imprisoning her against her will.

The defendant is further charged with making a threat to kill his partner and making a threat to damage his partner's grandmother's home.

Opposing bail a police officer said the defendant's partner alleged she was punched and kicked and the defendant allegedly refused to let her leave a property.

The police officer said family members eventually came to the property and the defendant's partner was taken to hospital.

The officer said McElwee is considered a "high risk domestic offender".

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, via video link from prison, on Monday.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had been in custody for a number of months and is "completely free" of drugs.

Bail was refused with a judge describing it as a "campaign of terror visited upon his girlfriend".

The case was adjourned to August 23.

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