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Assault accused's bail now rescinded

A man allegedly choked his ex-partner until she passed out after she refused to lend him money, the High Court has heard.

Gareth Cheevers broke into her home and attacked her after issuing threats over the phone, prosecutors claimed.

It was alleged that he said he was going to wrap his fingers round her throat and strangle her.

Cheevers was ordered to remain in custody after the prosecution successfully appealed a magistrate's decision to grant him bail.

The 25-year-old, of Castleview, Killyleagh, faces charges of burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, threats to kill, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of a non-molestation order.

Injuries inflicted during the alleged attack included black eyes and capillary bruises to her face.

An appeal was lodged after bail was granted at Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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Granting the appeal, Mr Justice Treacy ruled there was a risk of re-offending, adding: "It's quite clear to me that this is a case in which the applicant should not have been granted bail."

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