Police found blood and clumps of hair after man allegedly assaulted partner during holiday break in County Antrim

Police found blood and clumps of hair after man allegedly assaulted partner during holiday break in County Antrim

A MAN accused of assaulting his partner during a holiday break at an accommodation venue near Rasharkin where police found blood and clumps of hair on the ground has been remanded in custody.

Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard a woman, aged 28, allegedly had clumps of hair pulled out during an incident at Rosnashane House on Sunday January 16 this year.

Robert Jonathan Wylie (33), of Queen's Square, Newtownards, is accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and driving whilst unfit at Rosnashane Road.

A police officer believed she could connect the defendant to the charges and objected to bail.

She said around 10pm police were called about a "domestic disturbance".

Staff said there had been a disturbance at a cottage where Wylie and his partner were staying.

The alleged victim said she had "Chinese" food and a "couple of cocktails" when Wylie assaulted her, causing swelling and bruising to her face.

The police officer, Court News NI can report, said Wylie had allegedly "kicked and punched" the woman.

Police observed injuries and also saw "blood over the floor and clumps of long blonde hair on the ground".

The officer said staff saw Wylie run from a car back into the cottage and then saw him drive a short distance.

The PSNI woman told the court staff believed the defendant was intoxicated and had removed the car keys from him.

When arrested and taken to Coleraine Police Station, Wylie had an alcohol in breath reading of 101 - the legal limit is 35.

The officer said the woman told police she had a child six weeks ago and the woman alleged the defendant had also assaulted her six days after she gave birth.

The officer said the woman had not reported it at the time and had told social services she had "fallen".

The PSNI woman said the defendant had 29 previous convictions on his record.

Refusing bail, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "All too often, and with increasing frequency, the courts are being asked to deal with cases of domestic violence and unfortunately no matter how harsh the courts deal with them there doesn't appear to be a reduction in their frequency".