Court hears claim that Donaghadee's man's bruising may have been caused during 'body slam' at wrestling-themed Birthday Party

Court hears claim that Donaghadee's man's bruising may have been caused during 'body slam' at wrestling-themed Birthday Party

A DEFENCE lawyer for a Donaghadee woman who had been accused of assaulting her ex-partner in a dispute over dogs claimed bruising could have been caused when the alleged injured man dressed as a 'wrestler' during his fancy dress-themed Birthday Party and was 'body-slammed' though a piece of wood.

Details emerged at Newtownards' Magistrates Court where Marie Antoinette Woods (38), of Elmfield Park, contested charges that she had assaulted Thomas Coogan on June 25 and June 26 last year.

Mr Coogan said both had worked together at a hospitality venue in Donaghadee and alleged that after a dispute had arisen about access to their dogs following their split a number of months earlier, he had been kicked on the leg whilst at his workplace.

The accused denied the allegations, Court News NI can report.

When asked if she has kicked Mr Coogan, she replied: "Definitely not".

She said she was "disgusted" at such allegations being made against her.

Dismissing the case, District Judge Nigel Broderick said the case "boils down to 'he says, she says'."

The judge said prosecutors failed to prove the case beyond a "reasonable doubt".