Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Antrim man forced woman to wear noose, court told

A woman claimed her partner formed a dog lead into a noose and put it round her neck in a row over alleged infidelity, the High Court has heard.



Police were told Robert Campbell (31) tightened the chain and said he was going to kill her at their home in Larne, Co Antrim.

A prosecutor said the woman claimed she struggled to breathe for a few seconds during the incident on Monday.

Campbell, of Dunboyne Avenue in the town, currently faces charges of assault, making a threat to kill and causing criminal damage to her mobile phone.

He was granted bail after a judge heard his partner now plans to formally withdraw her complaint against him.

Philip Henry, prosecuting, said police who arrived at the home were told an argument broke out when Campbell accused her of having an affair.

“The injured party further alleged the applicant had formed a noose from a dog lead,” he told the court.

Mr Henry said it had been claimed the woman had trouble breathing during a subsequent struggle before Campbell let go of the lead.

According to the prosecution, Campbell took the woman's phone from her as she called police and told the operator there had been a misunderstanding.

The accused denied the allegations and claimed the woman put the dog lead round her neck and threatened to kill herself because he was accusing her of having an affair, the court heard.

Following confirmation that she intends to withdraw her statement without being put under any pressure, defence barrister Richard McConkey argued the case against his client would not be proven.