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Woman ‘beaten’ after 48-hour alcohol binge

A man battered his partner and tried to smother her with a pillow after the pair went on a 48-hour drinking session, it has been claimed in the High Court.

Prosecutors said it was alleged that the woman was forbidden from using the toilet while being held at his flat in east Belfast.

She eventually escaped and ran, semi-naked and covered in bruising, to a group of workmen, a judge was told.

Details emerged as Raymond Brownlee was refused bail amid fears he would reoffend if released.

The 38-year-old, of Templemore Avenue, Belfast, faces a charge of attempting to murder his partner last October.

Crown counsel Christine Smith said at one stage during the marathon session his partner said she wanted to go out to get fresh air, the court heard.

Brownlee allegedly then began to kick and headbutt her repeatedly.

Mrs Smith said: “At some point he held a pillow over her head and tried to smother her.”

Mrs Smith, who described her as a vulnerable person, opposed bail due to concerns that Brownlee would contact her again.

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