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Ballymena man broke ankle fleeing from police after biting and punching woman, court told

BY ALAN ERWIN

A man broke his ankle jumping out a window in a bid to escape police after attacking his partner, the High Court has heard.

Christopher Tuff is accused of biting the woman and punching her so many times she lost count.

He then had to be masked for spitting on X-ray equipment at a hospital where he was taken for treatment, prosecutors said.

Tuff (32), of Queen Street, Ballymena, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage, disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting arrest.

Refusing him bail, a judge said medical staff do not deserve to suffer the abuse he is alleged to have directed at them.

It was claimed that Tuff attacked his partner on September 22 when she wouldn't let him leave their home amid reports of noise coming from a neighbouring party.

A prosecution barrister said he pinned the woman down and jumped on her leg before she managed to phone police.

"He punched her to the face so many times she was unable to count," the lawyer alleged.

After police arrived and kicked in the door, Tuff bit her on the wrist, breaking through her skin, according to the prosecution.

"He got off her and is alleged to have jumped out the window to escape, breaking his ankle," the barrister added.

The court was told he also tried to bite one police officer and spat in another's face following arrest.

Tuff was taken to Antrim Area Hospital where he is accused of abusing and threatening accident and emergency staff over a two-hour period.

He appeared on a wheelchair via a video-link from prison for his bail application.

Tuff claims his drink was spiked at the downstairs party.

He claims to have acted in self-defence with his partner.

But Mr Justice Weir stressed: "People who work in hospitals don't deserve this. They are struggling to deal with people coming in with injuries."

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