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Belfast man to stand trial accused of kicking ex-partner and throwing puppy against wall

A man has been ordered to stand trial accused of kicking his ex-partner out a first floor window and throwing her pet puppy against a wall.

Joseph Henry Smyth, 31, faces counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and assault on police.

The charges relate to an alleged hour-long outburst of violence at the woman's south Belfast home on September 14 last year.

It was previously disclosed that she sustained a fractured spine and broken nose during the alleged incident on Tates Avenue.

The dog has since made a full recovery.

Smyth, of Hillhead Cottages on the city's Shaws Road, appeared before Belfast Magistates' Court on Tuesday for preliminary enquiry proceedings.

He was returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed, the Courts Service confirmed.

Smyth was released on continuing bail until this proceedings get underway.

As part of those conditions he must have no contact with the alleged victim.

With a curfew, electronic tagging and prohibition on alcohol in place, he remains banned from entering the Tates Avenue area.

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