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Man accused of assaulting heavily pregnant ex-partner and threatening to send naked pictures of her to her father

By Alan Erwin

A Co Down man allegedly sent his heavily pregnant ex-partner naked photos of herself and threatened to reveal them to her father, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors also claimed Dwayne McKnight attacked the woman before using the Snapchat app to forward the "nasty" messages.

Refusing bail to the 27-year-old, a judge described his alleged behaviour as "impulsive and uncontrolled".

McKnight, of Granville Gardens in Banbridge, is accused of harassment, persistent improper use of electronic communications to cause anxiety, common assault and intimidation.

The offences were allegedly committed between March 24 and April 11.

Crown lawyer Natalie Pinkerton claimed he grabbed his ex-partner by the throat, leaving marks on her neck and a scraped elbow, after arriving at her home to pick up belongings.

In the subsequent days she received various unwanted and unpleasant messages, the court heard.

Ms Pinkerton continued: "He also sent the injured party a message by Snapchat, with naked pictures of herself, that caused her to feel harassed and threatened."

McKnight then phoned her and threatened to send screenshots of the images to her father, according to the prosecution.

It was revealed in court that the woman is eight months pregnant with his child.

Opposing bail, Ms Pinkerton contended: "The offences are nasty, given the content."

Defence counsel Damien Halleron told the court the couple had a "tempestuous" relationship, but argued there was no medical evidence of an assault by McKnight.

"He's made full denials at interview, he actively indicated to police that he's not guilty of these offences," the barrister added.

However, Mr Justice McCloskey ruled McKnight must remain in custody based on the risks of re-offending and interfering with the course of justice.

The judge said: "The injured party is self-evidently in an extremely vulnerable position in circumstances where she is not capable of defending herself."

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