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Alleged machete wielding man 'threatened to chop partner's arms off'

A man allegedly armed with a machete who accused his partner of having an affair threatened to cut a teenage boy's "bits" off and bring them to her, the High Court heard today.

Clarke Elliott also attacked the woman and said he would chop off her arms if she didn't give him a name, prosecutors claimed.

It was alleged that he later refused to hand himself in to police for three days, saying they would have to find him.

Elliott (30) of Kircubbin Road, Ballywalter, Co Down, denies charges including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon with intent, threats to commit criminal damage and endanger life, and common assault.

He faces further counts of driving while disqualified, and having no insurance or licence.

During a refused bail application the court heard he accused his partner of being unfaithful during an argument at their home on July 13.

David McClean, prosecuting, said Elliott allegedly pushed the woman into the bedroom and threatened to "knock her teeth in" to stop her escaping.

"She maintained she wasn't having an affair, then he punched her to the mouth," the barrister claimed.

"He also threatened to cut off her arms if she didn't give him a name."

The woman mentioned a 16-year-old boy out of fear for her own safety but again insisted there was no affair, the court heard.

It was alleged that Elliott then drove her to her mother's house, taking an 18" blade machete with him.

"The applicant stated he was going to find this boy and threatened he was going to cut off his bits and bring them back to (his partner)," Mr McClean said.

Elliott allegedly warned he would burn their houses down if police followed him.

Later, in a telephone call he told officers he wasn't coming in. He remained at large until July 16, the court heard.

Bail was opposed due to the risk of re-offending and interfering with witnesses.

Defence counsel Sean Devine accepted the alleged offences were "deeply unpleasant" but argued that Elliott could be banned from entering Co Down.

Refusing bail, however, Mr Justice McCloskey said there was a clear prima facie case of as "shameful, quite terrifying episode".

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