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Belfast woman accused of inflicting stab-like wound to ex-partner's throat, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast woman appeared in court today accused of inflicting a stab-like wound to her ex-partner's throat.

Raymond Boyd was said to have woken up in a bedroom at the weekend with blood pouring from his neck.

His former girlfriend, 39-year-old Elizabeth Hodgkinson, faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

She was granted bail but banned from going near the alleged victim's home in the south of the city.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Mr Boyd and Hodgkinson had been in the same bedroom at her home on Black Mountain Parade on Saturday.

According to defence solicitor Brian Archer the alleged victim woke up to discover what he at first thought was a nosebleed.

With a "large volume of blood" coming from the wound, Mr Archer said Hodgkinson phoned an ambulance and gave first aid.

Mr Boyd is understood to have since undergone surgery for wounds to his voice box area.

"My client denies she inflicted these injuries," the solicitor stressed.

"He hasn't said he woke up and she stabbed him, he said he woke up and had a wound to his neck."

No knife was found at the scene, the court heard. 

Bails were opposed amid fears the accused may re-offend if released.

A detective constable also claimed Hodgkinson could try to interfere with the alleged victim.

Granting bail, District Judge Fiona Bagnall also imposed an alcohol ban and ordered her to report to police three times a week.

Hodgkinson is due back in court on February 23.

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