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Drunken Belfast man kicked partner off windowsill and hurled pup down stairs, trial told

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Belfast man has gone on trial charged with kicking his partner off a first floor bay windowsill as she tried to escape him, and causing unnecessary suffering to her eight-month-old pup.

It is the Crown's case that a drunken Joseph Henry Smyth (32), from Hillhead Cottages on Shaws Road, attacked his then-girlfriend in her home at Tate's Avenue in south Belfast before forcing her off the windowsill.

He is also accused of grabbing her miniature schnauzer and throwing the dog both against a wall and then down a flight of stairs.

The 28-year-old woman sustained an 8cm wound to her head that required staples, a fractured hand and broken nose.

Smyth denies attacking her and causing her grievous bodily harm with intent, causing her dog suffering and assaulting police.

He has made the case that on the day in question, Monday September 14, 2015, the woman was under the influence of drugs, worked herself into a rage which included throwing things about, and that she fell off the windowsill.

Prosecuting barrister Robin Steer said it was the Crown's case that Smyth attacked his partner after drinking beer and vodka.

Revealing that last September the couple had been together for a couple of months, Mr Steer told Belfast Crown Court that Smyth called to the woman's home at around 2pm, with the alleged assault occurring at around 9pm.

He said that after being told by the woman that he had to leave as she was going to college the next morning, Smyth "flipped".

The woman claimed that when the dog hit the front door, Smyth laughed.

She added that she was able to get into the living room and managed to put the dog out the living room window to safety before claiming she was trailed up the stairs by the hair by Smyth.

While on the first floor of the house, it is the Crown's case that Smyth beat the woman around the head with a vacuum cleaner pipe as well as punching her in the face and head.

She claimed she managed to get onto a windowsill on the first floor to try and escape by levering herself down a drainpipe, but that Smyth appeared, told her "I will help you" then kicked her off the windowsill, causing her to fall onto the pavement below.

The alarm was raised and the woman was rushed to A&E for treatment.

While there, police searched the house, but found no one in the property.

However, after an officer standing outside the address noticed a light go on and off, a dog handler team went back inside, and Smyth was located hiding under bedding in the hotpress.

When he was interviewed the following day Smyth made a "no comment" response to police questions, but denied the offences via his solicitor.

At hearing.

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