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Man (26) who threatened to strangle his ex is bailed

By Nevin Farrell

A Co Antrim man who forced his way into his former girlfriend's house told her: "I'm going to strangle you to death", a court has heard.

Paul Raymond Hamilton (26), of Knock Road, Dervock, punched the woman on the back of her head during the incident on Sunday, March 20, last year. He was sentenced to three months for common assault at Coleraine Magistrates' Court yesterday, but was released on his own bail of £250 pending an appeal.

A prosecutor said the woman was asleep with her 14 month-old daughter when she heard banging. When she opened a door her ex-boyfriend Hamilton was there and he used his foot to stop her closing the door.

He then "flicked" at her face and said to the victim: "I told you I would get you - and if you lie to me I'm going to strangle you to death".

She then noticed he had a brick with him.

The prosecutor said the woman was frightened and shouted and banged on a window to attract the attention of her sister.

However, Hamilton punched his ex-partner on the back of her head and only made off when the woman's sister came to the door.

Hamilton's solicitor said there is now a non-molestation order in place and there had been no breaches. He said the victim did not have to seek medical attention.

District Judge Peter King said it was a "chilling offence".

As he sentenced Hamilton, he said there had to be a very clear message sent out by the court that the type of behaviour would not be tolerated.

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