A Belfast man threatened to stab his disabled partner 30 times in the face if she lost his dog, a court heard yesterday.
Police claimed Michael McParland (32) made the remark following his arrest on suspicion of breaking the woman's nose.
McParland, of Tollgate House on Bradbury Place, is accused of carrying out the attack at her home in the nearby Sandy Row area on Saturday.
He appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.
Opposing bail, the officer alleged that after being arrested McParland stated: "If [the woman] has lost my dog I'm going to stab her in the face 30 times."
District Judge Mark Hamill was told the injured party is believed to be a vulnerable individual. Defence solicitor Mark Crawford argued that McParland must be presumed innocent.
Granting bail, Mr Hamill banned the accused from contacting the woman.