Accused of stamping on girlfriend during assault

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A woman who was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend had ‘patches of hair pulled out of her head’ a court has heard.

Frank Martin McShane appeared at the local Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of assaulting the woman on August 13.

The 39-year-old, of Dunfield Terrace, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of a restraining order.

The alleged injured party is currently in custody accused of attempting to murder the defendant earlier this year.

The court heard allegations McShane grabbed the woman by the hair and pulled her off a sofa.

He also allegedly stamped on her arm, kicked her to the stomach and punched her to the upper arms.

It alleged she suffered ‘extensive bruising’ and patches of hair were pulled out of her head.

At the time, the woman was on bail and banned from having any contact with the 39-year-old.

She told police McShane paid for a taxi to collect her from Lisburn and she went to his house for six days.

The court was told the woman did not report the assault immediately because she is was fear of the defendant.

During police interview, the defendant denied the assault.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said there was a ‘substantial’ domestic violence history between the couple and the alleged injured party was ‘extremely high risk’.

The officer said police believed McShane could interfere with this witness if released on bail.

She added the 39-year-old does not abide by bail conditions and has a ‘blatant disregard’ for the restraining order.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said there was ‘no getting away from the domestic history’.

However, he added if the alleged injured party remained in custody it would be ‘almost impossible’ for McShane to contact her.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail and McShane was remanded in custody until September 10.