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Accused 'tried to torch his girlfriend'

A man allegedly tried to set his partner's hair on fire during a row over who she was seeing, the High Court has heard.

Denis Burns is also accused of kicking the woman in the stomach and threatening her with a fork.

The 45-year-old, of Ann Street, Gilford, Co Armagh, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

He faces further counts of witness intimidation and attempting to pervert the course of justice over alleged attempts to get the woman to withdraw her complaint. Burns was granted bail but banned from having any contact with the woman.

The court heard police called out to his home on March 28 and found his partner screaming and saying: "I just want to go to bed."

She claimed Burns had verbally abused her, accused her of going around with other people, slapped her on the face, threw her to the ground and inflicted kicks. At one stage he is alleged to have taken a fork and threatened to cut her throat.

Defence counsel said the accused disputes the alleged offences, but agreed they had rowed on the first night.

Belfast Telegraph