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Tyrone man Darah Forker accused of attacking ex-partner is denied bail

By Staff Reporter

A man accused of a brutal domestic violence incident has been refused bail after trying to contact the victim while remanded in custody.

The incident, which was accepted by the defence as "volatile", was said to have occurred in the presence of a 15-month-old baby.

Darah Forker (22) of Millview Manor, Dungannon, is accused of punching and biting his ex-partner, threatening to kill her and "rampaging" through her home causing a large amount of damage.

He is also accused of attacking his mother when she arrived to try to calm him down.

It is claimed she was beaten and kicked as she lay on the floor blocking Forker's access to the bathroom, where his ex-partner had locked herself with her baby son.

Forker appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court by video-link seeking bail for release.

The incident is alleged to have happened just before 6am on December 9, when police received a 999 call.

On arrival officers found the woman in a terrified state.

The victim explained Forker had consumed a litre of vodka and rang about 1.30am, but she told him to stay away. Despite this he arrived at around 2am and proceeded to punch the victim repeatedly to the head and bite her leg as she lay on her bed with the baby beside her.

A judge refused bail after a detective told the court Forker had twice attempted to phone his ex-partner from prison after he was remanded in custody on December 10.

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