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Belfast woman 'stabbed ex-partner with knife at his home in the middle of the night', court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 26/04/2016

A Belfast woman allegedly entered her ex-partner's home and stabbed him with a knife in the middle of the night, a court heard today.

Joanne McMaster is also accused of mistakenly slashing the tyre on a van belonging to the victim's next door neighbour in the east of the city.

The 36-year-old, of Abetta Parade, faces charges of aggravated burglary and inflicting grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, and criminal damage.

She is alleged to have committed the offences at Bapaume Avenue, in the Castlereagh area, in the early hours of Monday morning.

As she appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court, a detective opposed bail by claiming there could be a risk of a further attack.

"This seems to be an ex-partner of the defendant," he said.

The detective revealed that police were alerted by a neighbour that the van tyre was being slashed.

He said officers arrived at the scene and discovered McMaster covered in blood.

She allegedly told them: "I started it, I went round to his house and cut him with a knife."

According to the detective McMaster travelled up to a mile to get to the address.

However, District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told no weapon has been recovered.

Defence solicitor Paul Farrell also stressed that the alleged victim has not made a statement of complaint.

Granting bail to his client, Judge Bagnall banned her from contacting the man or going near the area.

McMaster must also abide by an alcohol prohibition and report to police daily.

She is due back in court in four weeks time.

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