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Wife assault accused refused bail

A man tried to strangle his wife with a phone cord after she went to report an alleged attack on her, the High Court has heard.

Thomas Mongan is also accused of hitting her over the head with a beer bottle and attempting to do the same with a frying pan.

The 46-year-old, with an address at White Rise, Belfast, denies charges of aggravated assault on a female, making threats to kill, and possessing fireworks without a licence. He was refused bail due to the risk of further offences being committed.

Crown counsel Kate McKay said Mongan's wife told police in October that he was verbally abusive to her, grabbed her wrist and twisted it.

She claimed he struck her with an empty beer bottle before trying to strike her with the pan. The court heard the woman allegedly left and went to phone for help.

Mongan was accused of following her, hanging up the call and then wrapping the cable round her neck in a bid to strangle her.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Hart said there was a strong case that the accused had assaulted the alleged victim.

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