Man accused of breaking into property and assaulting his ex-partner has case sent to Antrim Crown Court

Man accused of breaking into property and assaulting his ex-partner has case sent to Antrim Crown Court

A MAN with a Ballymena address who is accused of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm following an alleged incident when he broke into his ex-partner's property and left her with a suspected broken nose has had the case sent to Antrim Crown Court.

Kevin Nellis (23), with an address listed as Nursery Close in Ballymena, is also charged with possessing a knife and a bbq skewer as 'offensive weapons'; burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm; breaching of a Restraining Order and criminal damage to a window in relation to September last year.

An initial charge of 'attempted murder' regarding his ex-partner has been withdrawn by prosecutors.

The defendant appeared via a video link from custody at Ballymena Magistrates Court and he was further remanded to appear at the Crown Court on March 23.

No further details were given at court this week.

During a previous bail application a court heard that at 8pm on September 21 police received a report from a member of the public that a number of children approached them to say a male was "holding a knife" to a woman.

Police found a broken window at a property and Nellis shouted from the living room that he was holding a "hostage" - his ex-partner.

Officers, through a window, could see Nellis had a female pressed against the door whilst he was in possession of what appeared to be a "screwdriver".

Police asked him to come to the door and when he did he was handcuffed.

The woman told police Nellis had broken the window with a stone and grabbed a "pair of metal skewers and a knife".

The officer said Nellis "proceeded to harm himself".

The officer added that at one point the woman "attempted to make off in the living room. He grabbed her by the back of the hair and struck her to the top of the head with a knife. I believe she received seven or eight staples to a head wound."

The policewoman said the injured woman said Nellis "punched her to the face multiple times", and used "skewers" to ensure she did not leave the living room.

The officer said there had been a Restraining Order in place at the time.

The PSNI officer said the injured woman suffered a suspected broken nose, broken tooth; a "two inch gash to her head" and knee injuries.

The previous court heard the woman said the knee injuries were caused by being stabbed with the "skewers".

The officer also told the earlier court: "This was a serious domestic assault following him having smashed his way into house through the rear patio doors. It involved the use of weapons and was committed in the presence of three small children who fled from the house to a nearby shop to raise the alarm".

A defence lawyer told the earlier court the defendant had been in an "on-off relationship" with the injured party "but is under no illusion now that the relationship is over".