Court hears woman ran out in front of car in County Down and said she thought a man was 'dead'

Court hears woman ran out in front of car in County Down and said she thought a man was 'dead'

A COURT heard a woman ran out in front of a car and said she thought a man was "dead" in Bangor.

Details were outlined to Downpatrick Magistrates Court where Martin James Griffin (34), of Breezemount Close, Conlig, faced charges including entering unlawfully and maliciously wounding a man with intent to do him grievous bodily harm at a property in Bangor on September 11 this year.

The defendant appeared at court via video link from Belfast and a police officer said bail was objected to.

The officer said police received a report that a female had ran out in front of a car in Bangor, saying a male had beaten up another male and "she thought he was dead".

The officer said police attended and were met by a woman, a prosecutor described as the  defendant's "on-off partner".

A man was found inside a property "covered in blood" with cuts to his arm and head.

There was also a "substantial amount of blood" on the floor.

The PSNI officer said the woman said Griffin had "grabbed her by the hair and trailed her outside of the property" and he then had gone into the property.

She ran out onto the street and stopped a passing vehicle requesting help and, according to the officer, did not see what happened inside.

The injured man told police he was "just sitting talking" with the woman "and next thing 'wallop'.".

He said he did not know the perpetrator who had entered through an unlocked door.

The man said he believed he had been on the sofa where he was assaulted by the male who "stamped on his head".

The man said his mobile phone was smashed during the incident.

The man was taken to hospital and received four stitches to his arm; cuts to his head were "glued"; and his thumbnail was pushed back into position.

Police attended Griffin's address and when they saw him appear from an alleyway he ran towards his property and attempted to slam the door on police.

Police followed him into his kitchen where he was drinking a bottle of Buckfast.

Police noticed "blood on his hands".

The officer said they believed a weapon may have been used in the assault.

She said Griffin had 18 previous convictions including manslaughter.

The officer believed he had a "propensity for violence" and feared further offences being committed.

District Judge Amanda Brady asked what the motive for the Bangor incident was.

The officer said Griffin had been looking for his "partner" throughout the day and then turned up at the house "where she was inside with a male, so we believe possibly jealousy".

A defence barrister said the defendant had said in a police interview he didn't "remember anything".

Judge Brady said she was concerned as "this appears to have been significant violence meted out, unprovoked," and there was also an "extensive domestic history" and refused bail.

The case was adjourned to Newtownards Magistrates Court on September 27.