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Knife-wielding man had woman 'fearing for her life'

By Nevin Farrell

A woman was forced to lock herself into a bedroom as her partner clutched a knife and smashed plates during a row over "cheating".

Curtis Guy (27), a chef, of Windyhall Park, Coleraine, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing on charges of possessing a knife as an offensive weapon and causing criminal damage to plates.

The incident happened on October 18 last year. A prosecutor said police received a report of a disturbance in which Guy, who had a record, was brandishing a knife and causing damage. The lawyer said the woman said she locked herself in an upstairs bedroom.

Mr Moore said Guy was "thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed" and the defendant has moved back to live with his parents.

Deputy District Judge Joe Rice said it was a "serious case" which "must have been very frightening" for the woman who was put "in fear of her life". The judge ordered Guy to do 140 hours Community Service and to pay £400 in compensation.

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