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No bail for man accused of putting knife to his ex's throat

A man allegedly held a knife to his ex-partner's throat before stealing her car, the High Court heard.

Prosecutors said Dean Nesbitt threatened to kill the woman if she told anyone he had taken the car.

But a defence barrister disputed this, saying his client instead put the blade to his own throat.

Nesbitt (31), of Carn Rise, Newtownabbey, faces charges of burglary, assault, possession of an offensive weapon, aggravated vehicle taking, threats to kill and failing to stop for police. A judge refused him bail.

It was claimed that Nesbitt was in a Rover car which sped off from a police checkpoint on the Donegall Road, Belfast, on June 29.

According to the prosecution, he had earlier stolen the vehicle, his ex-partner's, after she challenged him in her home.

Crown counsel Tessa Kitson alleged: “When she asked the applicant about her car she said he took a knife from the kitchen drawer, started cutting himself and then put it to her throat and told her he would kill her if she told anyone he had taken her car.”

Conor O'Kane, defending, argued that the woman had made up her claims. He said his client had a history of self-harm and that “he never admitted putting a knife to her throat. He put a knife to his own throat”.

However, Mr Justice McCloskey ruled that Nesbitt must remain in custody, saying: “He is a danger, at least to himself.”

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