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Accused 'kept ex-partner a prisoner for hours'

BY ALAN ERWIN

A man accused of threatening to kill his ex-partner locked her in a bedroom for 38 hours, the High Court has heard.

Michael Cawley forced the woman upstairs after arriving at her Co Tyrone home and refusing to leave, it was claimed.

The 41-year-old, of no fixed address, was granted bail but banned from entering Cookstown.

Cawley faces charges of threats to kill and common assault over the incident on July 14.

The prosecutor said he threatened his ex-partner, pulled her by the arm and then locked her in a child's bedroom.

It was alleged that the woman was only released when her children arrived the following evening.

He added: "She said from 6am on July 14 to 8pm on July 15, for 38 hours to be precise, she was locked in this bedroom."

Granting bail, Mr Justice McCloskey ordered Cawley to live at an address in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone.

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