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Machete suspect threatened to chop partner's arms off and cut boy's 'bits' off, court hears


Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

A man 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 has heard.

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 pushed the woman into the bedroom and threatened to "knock her teeth in" to stop her escaping.

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

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-inch blade machete with him.

He remained at large until July 16, the court heard.

Bail was opposed due to the risk of reoffending and interfering with witnesses.

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