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Man 'threatened to kill pregnant lover', High Court told

A man allegedly threatened to kill his pregnant lover unless she dropped charges that he subjected her to a serious assault, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors also claimed Richard McClung pushed her over onto stairs as she tried to get away from his home near Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

The woman, who had travelled over from England and was described as "very vulnerable", eventually got out and flagged down a bus to Belfast, a judge was told.

McClung, 27, of Moygashel Court, Moygashel, faces charges of threats to kill, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, intimidation of a witness, harassment and criminal damage.

He was granted bail but banned from contacting his girlfriend.

The court heard police found her without any money at the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast on August 11.

According to a prosecution lawyer the woman is up to 20 years older than McClung, severely bi-polar and thought to be pregnant with his child following a six-month relationship.

Having arrived in Northern Ireland a week earlier, she claimed the accused tried to get her to go to police and withdraw allegations about a separate assault in England.

Mr Justice Weatherup was told McClung had been drinking Buckfast and Guinness and told her she wasn't going anywhere until the charges were dropped, allegedly adding: "I will f****** kill you, you f****** tout."

The prosecutor claimed: "At the bottom of stairs he pushed her and she fell backwards landing on steps.

"It's believed she may be expected his child and the applicant was aware of this at this time."

A neighbour who saw the incident and tried to intervene was hit in the face, the court heard.

McClung denies all assault allegations and claims instead that the neighbour beat him "to a pulp".

Defence counsel Richard McConkey argued that his client could be released on condition that he has no contact with the woman.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Weatherup said the key to his decision was that the alleged victim is now back in England.

He further ordered McClung to live at an address in Portadown and banned him from leaving Northern Ireland.

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