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Man allegedly 'attacked ex-partner with heavy dog chain'

A man allegedly used a heavy dog chain in an attack on his ex-partner, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors claimed the woman was hit across the face and also thrown against a coffee table and door, causing fractures to her neck and arm.

The alleged attack was carried out following a drinking session at a house near Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

Stephen Domer denies charges of possession of an offensive weapon with intent, causing grievous bodily harm and criminal damage over the incident.

The 29-year-old, of Whitebridge Road, Carrickmore, was refused bail due to the risk of re-offending.

Police were called to the scene of the alleged attack at Castle Hill Park on July 1.

Counsel for the prosecution said the woman claimed Domer, her former partner, had turned aggressive as they drank together.

"She said he threw her about the house," the barrister said.

"He (allegedly) struck her across the face with a dog chain, causing bruising."

Hospital x-rays later confirmed the woman had suffered neck and upper arm fractures, the court heard.

After being located and arrested in Derry four days later Domer claimed to have only pushed the woman in self-defence.

According to his account she lost her composure during a drunken row and grabbed him.

A defence lawyer added: "He would say the coffee table had already been broken, the door was already broken and there were were a number of items in the house in a state of disrepair.

"His case is that he lifted the dog chain, took the dog and left the house. At no stage did he use it as an offensive weapon."

But denying bail, Mr Justice Treacy said: "I consider there's a high risk that if this applicant was released on bail he would commit further offences."

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