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Bail refused to man accused of attacking mother and daughter

By Alan Erwin

Published 16/06/2016

Mark McCormack was refused bail amid claims he wrecked the house, throttled one victim and hit her with a perfume bottle before shoving the teenage girl when she tried to intervene
Mark McCormack was refused bail amid claims he wrecked the house, throttled one victim and hit her with a perfume bottle before shoving the teenage girl when she tried to intervene

A Belfast man accused of a "horrific" attack on a woman and her daughter in their home must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mark McCormack was refused bail amid claims he wrecked the house, throttled one victim and hit her with a perfume bottle before shoving the teenage girl when she tried to intervene.

Prosecutors said he also allegedly threatened to burn the bloodstained property in west Belfast and told the woman: "I'll bury you."

The 31-year-old, of Cliftonpark Avenue in the city, claims to have little memory of the alleged incident on June 8 because of possible cocaine use.

He faces nine charges, including possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, theft of a handbag and threats to damage property.

McCormack allegedly went to the house in west Belfast in the early hours and grabbed the woman by the throat until she could not breathe.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, told the court: "She said she thought she was going to die."

It was claimed that the accused then followed her upstairs and threw a bottle of perfume at her, causing a cut that required three stitches.

She also sustained bruising to her throat and shoulders, and cuts to her arm and finger.

As McCormack left, according to the prosecution, he said: "See you later, slut", then added: "I'll bury you... I'm going to burn this house."

Setting out the damage to the house, Mr Maguire said there were bloodstains throughout the property.

A lounge window was also smashed, ornaments and an electricity box were broken, a living room door was pulled off its hinges and holes were punched in the walls of two rooms.

McCormack had to be taken to hospital following his arrest for treatment to a broken bone in his hand and cuts to a finger, the court heard.

Mr Maguire claimed the accused was on his way back to the house when he was detained.

Denying bail, Mr Justice Treacy said no explanation had been provided for the alleged incident, which left the mother and daughter "terrorised".

The judge added: "This was a horrific attack on two women in the early hours of the morning."

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