Woman claims man with Carnlough address poured cider over her and punched her head several times

Woman claims man with Carnlough address poured cider over her and punched her head several times

A WOMAN claims her "on-off partner" grabbed her by the throat and legs and then "dragged" her round a house by her legs before pouring cider over her and punching her head several times, a court in Ballymena heard.

Connor James O'Neill (39), with an address listed in the Croft Road area of Carnlough, is accused of assaulting the woman occasioning her actual bodily harm and stealing her purse and mobile phone.

The defendant appeared via video link from custody in Antrim town in relation to the alleged offences on February 23 this year.

When District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant the clerk would read the charges to him, the defendant replied: "OK mate, or sorry, Your Honour".

Objecting to the defendant being allowed to return to the Carnlough area, a police officer said at 10pm on February 23 the PSNI were tasked to High Street in the village in relation to a domestic incident between a woman and O'Neill, her "on-off partner".

The officer said the woman said O'Neill "grabbed her by the throat and legs. He then dragged her round the house; poured cider over her head and punched her numerous times to the head".

Police saw swelling on both sides of her head; a cut to her lip and bruising to her neck and legs.

The woman told police O'Neill then left, taking her mobile phone, purse, tobacco and vodka.

Police attended a caravan nearby where the defendant had been staying and he was arrested.

The purse and phone were found in the caravan.

The officer said police had no objection to bail but don't want him to go back to the caravan.

A defence barrister said if he could not go to Carnlough the defendant would be unable to find another bail address.

Judge Broderick released the defendant on £500 bail to an address to be approved by police; a ban on entering Carnlough; and he is not to contact the alleged injured party.

The case was adjourned to March 24.