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Belfast man accused of trying to poison girlfriend with tablets - 'the next person you'll see will be the devil'

Published 13/05/2015

Robert Davies allegedly tried to force his girlfriend to eat a strip of tablets
Robert Davies allegedly tried to force his girlfriend to eat a strip of tablets

A Belfast man accused of domestic violence allegedly forced his ex-partner to swallow tablets as he warned "this is the end for you," a court has heard.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard claims that as he strode down his ex-partner's hallway, 42-year-old Robert Davies donned rubber surgical gloves and told his alleged victim: "this is the end for you - the next person you'll see will be the devil" before forcing her to eat a strip of tablets.

The woman, who was holding the couple's baby at the time, managed to spit them all out but Davies then allegedly began to physically assault her.

Standing handcuffed in the dock, Davies, from Templemore Street in east Belfast, is facing a litany of charges arising from the alleged incident on Monday including attempting to administer a poison, aggravated burglary, aggravated car theft, causing actual bodily harm, making a threat to kill, false imprisonment, breaching a non-molestation order, possessing a bladed weapon, dangerous driving, driving while banned and without insurance, driving while unfit through drink or drugs and failing to provide a specimen.

While Davies spoke only to confirm that he understood the allegations, a detective constable told the court she believed she could connect Davies to each of the charges. She said police were objecting to his release on bail amid fears he is a danger to the public as he is violent and aggressive, would reoffend, fail to turn up for court appearances or interfere with the investigation.

She recounted how Davies' ex-partner was in her Tullycarnet home waiting for his mother to collect their eight-month-old baby when she heard the door open and was confronted by her ex-partner, who was already on bail charged with threatening to kill her in an incident two months ago.

Following the incident with the tablets, Davies produced a "sharp pointed object" from his coat pocket which she felt being pressed into her side as he allegedly ordered "you are coming with me - I'm going to get you out of here quietly."

The woman managed to escape out the back door when Davies' mother came in,  but he chased after her and "tried to pull her back in," repeatedly punching her in the ribs and head but his mum stepped between them.

Davies demanded his mother hand over the keys to her Suzuki jeep.

Traffic cops spotted the jeep sitting in traffic on the Lisburn Road and tried to stop Davies but he sped off and lead police on a pursuit until he swerved off the road and crashed on Harry's Road, Culcavy.

Davies was arrested at the scene and in police interviews he denied the allegations.

Defence solicitor Darren Duncan submitted that Davies could be released in bail, albeit with stringent conditions, as his alleged victim was already being protected under the non-molestation order.

Refusing the bail application, however, and remanding Davies into custody to appear again on 5 June via videolink, District Judge Paul Copeland said he accepted there was a " real risk" of him reoffending, breaching bail conditions and of interfering with his alleged victim's testimony.

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