Newtownards Court hears claim man's injuries were caused by attempt to 'cut out' tattoo featuring name of a former partner

Newtownards Court hears claim man's injuries were caused by attempt to 'cut out' tattoo featuring name of a former partner

A COURT in Newtownards has heard a claim that a man's injuries were caused during an attempt by he and a woman to "cut out" a tattoo featuring the name of a a former partner of the man.

Details emerged as Katja Risto Patterson (44), of Spencer, Street, Holywood, was given bail.

She appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court via a video link from prison where she had been on remand in custody.

She is accused of wounding a man with intent to do him grievous bodily harm on November 30 last year.

A police officer told an earlier court hearing a man was found sitting in a chair with a "large cut to his chest" and the man told police he had been "stabbed" with a knife by the defendant.

The man was taken to hospital where he received stitches to a "slash wound" to his chest.

The officer said the defendant was initially arrested on suspicion of "attempted murder" and two knives were found.

At court on January 19, a defence lawyer said the complainant has made a "withdrawal statement" and a "very detailed version of events".

The lawyer said the original allegation was of a "stabbing" but alleged the injured man has now indicated in a statement that the injuries happened when "both himself" and Patterson were "attempting to cut out the tattooed name of a former partner".

The defence lawyer said the injured party had also indicated problems with "mental health" and a change in medication and alleged the complainant said "no reliance" could be placed on whatever he had told police at the time.

The lawyer added: "We are up to at least the third or fourth version of events given by the complainant, given that the case stands or falls on what he says."

He said the prosecution case is "built on sand".

District Judge Mark Hamill granted £300 bail with conditions that the defendant has no contact with the complainant and she is not to be under the influence of alcohol in public.

The case was adjourned to February 16.