A drug addict appeared in court yesterday accused of choking his girlfriend by kneeling on her throat.
Lisburn Magistrates Court heard that after he allegedly punched his partner, 24-year-old Daniel McMeekin "started to choke her by placing his knee on her throat for 20 seconds".
"She was struggling to breath but didn't pass out," a police officer told the court.
She said that she believed she could connect McMeekin to the two charges against him.
Appearing at court via videolink from police custody, McMeekin, with an address at Tirowen Drive in Lisburn, was charged with common assault and "attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle" the woman with intent to cause actual bodily harm on June 19 this year.
McMeekin was arrested on Friday evening after a neighbour called police when she "heard shouting", the officer said.
She added that McMeekin claimed they had been arguing "over her alcohol consumption".
Police were objecting to bail, she told the court, due to fears of further offences and witness interference as McMeekin has previous similar convictions committed against the same female.
While the alleged injured party has made a statement, "that has since been withdrawn".
Defence counsel Joel Lindsay said the couple both have issues with substance abuse, and "when they're together, it's like a fire going off". Freeing McMeekin on his own bail of £300, District Judge Amanda Brady said: "I understand police concerns that they want to protect her", but that on balance, he could be freed with bail conditions.
Barred from contacting his partner or going to her address, McMeekin was also barred from alcohol and illegal drugs with his case adjourned to July 20.