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Man beat partner and said he'd torch house, court told

A woman was beaten for up to an hour and told her house would be petrol-bombed while she and her child were in it, the High Court has heard.

She claims her partner punched, kicked and trailed her about during an attack at her home in Greysteel, Co Derry, prosecutors said.

Don O'Connor (34), of Drummond Manor, Limavady, faces charges of assault, threats to kill and threats to damage property endangering life.

A judge was told that within days of the incident he then breached a non-molestation order by sending her 'pleading' messages on Facebook.

During a bail application prosecution counsel Conor Maguire said police were first called out to the alleged victim's home at Ashfield Road on October 20.

She claimed O'Connor had dragged her by the head before then punching and kicking her numerous times in a prolonged incident lasting almost an hour.

"He also took her mobile phone to prevent her phoning for assistance," Mr Maguire said.

"She said he threatened to kill her and threatened to petrol-bomb her house with her and her five-year-old son in it."

The court heard O'Connor was admitted to hospital following the incident amid concerns for his mental health.

Defence counsel David Heraghty said he was treated for around seven days.

Following the disclosure, Mr Justice Horner adjourned the bail application until he sees medical reports.

The judge said: "I would need to be satisfied there's nothing in his condition that would lead to him suffering a breakdown and going off the rails."

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