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Homeless violent burglary accused Edward Stuart Cambridge is remanded

A man accused of attacking a disabled woman in her own home has been remanded into custody because he had nowhere else to go.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that police had been putting further questions to 22-year-old Edward Stuart Cambridge about the attack in June but, as he has no suitable address to be released to, he was remanded into custody.

Cambridge, originally from Newtownabbey but now of no fixed address, is accused of burglary and the theft of a mobile phone and cash, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and making a threat to kill.

A previous court heard it is the Crown case that having broken into the woman's flat on the Shore Road, he beat her so severely she needed a brain scan.

The bail hearing was told how police traced a 999 call and found that the woman's face and nightdress were covered in blood.

She told officers that a man had broken in but before he made any demands for money, he hit her from behind and continued the assault which left her with two black eyes, severe swelling, and welts to her thigh, from being hit by a belt or strap.

The woman, who suffers mobility problems, also sustained an open wound to her nose caused by her glasses being punched into her face.

Throughout, Cambridge was demanding money and threatening to kill her, the court heard.

He was arrested a short time later after his alleged victim gave officers a description and when arrested he was carrying a woman's studded belt with hair on it matching that of the victim.

Solicitor Denis Maloney conceded that Cambridge had no address so District Judge Ken Nixon remanded him into custody to appear again tomorrow.

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