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Man 'attacked partner with saucepan', court hears

By Paul Higgins

A man accused of repeatedly punching and attacking his partner with a large saucepan in front of her four-year-old daughter has been granted bail.

Appearing in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates Court, 36-year-old Reuben Orr was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Julie Ann Morris on August 19 this year. A detective constable told the court she believed she could connect Orr to the charge and, in objecting to his release on bail, outlined how his alleged victim claimed she had been punched about the head and beaten with a "sizeable" saucepan and its lid. The officer said police were called to the injured party's house around 11pm on Tuesday by neighbours.

She told police she had been in the kitchen when Orr "hit her with the lid of a saucepan" in front of her daughter, who she lifted to protect and went to another room. Orr, however, allegedly followed her and "grabbed her by the throat and punched her several times in the face".

The officer further alleged that Orr then lifted the saucepan itself and "hit her several times about the head". All the while "the four-year-old child was being protected by her mother when the mother was being assaulted".

His alleged victim received four stitches to a cut on her forehead and the constable said police were objecting to bail as Orr was likely to reoffend. Under cross-examination from solicitor Paul Farrell, the officer agreed that Orr had himself claimed he had been assaulted by the saucepan.

The officer also agreed that "we have been here before" when a similar allegation was made against Orr by Ms Morris but which the prosecution dropped because of doubts about Ms Morris's credibility. Releasing Orr on his own bail of £400, District Judge Amanda Henderson said she was only granting bail "on stringent conditions".

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