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Killing bid accused is denied bail by judge

BY ALAN ERWIN

A woman was hit by a car and flung onto the bonnet during an attempt by an ex-partner to kill her, the High Court has heard.

She also claimed Stephen McCourt bit her and tried to gouge an eye before forcing her onto the road and then driving at her.

The 30-year-old accused faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated vehicle taking causing injury, kidnapping and dangerous driving.

McCourt, of Central Avenue in Cookstown, was refused bail.

Prosecutors said he launched his attack during an incident in the Dungannon area on April 8.

McCourt was arrested after the woman had been found in an "extremely distressed and disorientated state". Blood was found on the bonnet of the car.

It was accepted by the prosecution that the accused's ex-partner later changed her account of events on the day.

Mr Justice Gillen acknowledged potential inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account.

But refusing bail, he added: "Nothing can take away from the presence of the marks on her I have seen in the photographs."

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