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Man slashed ex-partner’s legs with knife, court told

A man slashed his ex-partner's legs with a decorator's knife after she confronted him about allegedly stealing money, the High Court has heard.

Anthony Caulfield inflicted three deep wounds after first punching her in the face while she was still holding her young baby, prosecutors alleged.

Even though the woman later withdrew her complaints, a judge said she may be compelled to give evidence.

Caulfield (26), with an address at Brompton Park, Belfast, denies charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and being armed with a Stanley-type knife.

He is further accused of stealing two mobile phones, £40 in cash, and two counts of threats to kill.

Police were alerted to the attack and found the woman bleeding profusely from three deep wounds, according to the prosecution. Crown counsel Fiona O'Kane said the alleged victim made a statement claiming Caulfield punched her while she was holding her child.

A friend allegedly grabbed the baby and ran from the house before Caulfield took the knife and slashed her about the legs.

Lawyers for Caulfield mounted a fresh application for bail on the basis of her subsequently withdrawing her statement of complaint.

The judge noted she apparently no longer wishes to proceed with the case but stressed that she may still be compelled to give evidence.

Refusing bail, the judge said: “In those circumstances there is nothing that has changed in this case.”

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