Belfast Telegraph

Accused in flat window attack told to wear electronic tag

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of kicking his partner out a first floor window and throwing her pet puppy against a wall has been granted High Court bail.

Joseph Henry Smyth was ordered to keep away from the woman who sustained a fractured spine and broken nose in an attack at her south Belfast home.

The 31-year-old defendant, of Hillhead Cottages in the city, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal damage to a mobile phone, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and assault on police.

The alleged offences relate to an hour-long outburst of violence at the Tates Avenue address on September 14.

With Smyth having spent more than two months in custody, Mr Justice Colton decided he could be granted bail to stay with his mother in west Belfast.

Imposing a curfew, electronic tagging and an alcohol ban, the judge also prohibited him from entering Tates Avenue.

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