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Man accused of assaulting partner and baby denied bail by judge

A Lisburn man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his partner and infant daughter was remanded in custody after a judge heard graphic details and ruled bail
A Lisburn man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his partner and infant daughter was remanded in custody after a judge heard graphic details and ruled bail "inconceivable"

By Staff Reporter

A Lisburn man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his partner and infant daughter was remanded in custody after a judge heard graphic details and ruled bail "inconceivable".

Alexander Kennedy (34), of Hillsborough Road, appeared at Armagh Magistrates Court after his arrest at the weekend when he told custody staff he would "get back at his partner and teach her a hard lesson for cheating on him", the court heard.

Kennedy is accused of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on his partner and assaulting the child on June 9, and sending a message of an indecent or menacing character.

It is further alleged he was in possession of drugs, resisted arrest, assaulted police and made threats to kill his partner and child.

A police officer told the court all charges could be connected to the defendant. Opposing bail, she said police were alerted by an ambulance crew attending to Kennedy's partner, who suffered a dislocated shoulder.

She claimed he punched her head and her shoulder was injured as she defended herself.

Kennedy was present and attempted to take four diazepam tablets. While being restrained he kicked out, striking an officer.

A search of his home recovered different strengths of diazepam tablets. In custody Kennedy's behaviour was erratic and he made threats to both police and healthcare staff that he would kill his partner, his child and himself, the court heard.

A defence lawyer said: "He completely denies this and categorically makes the case she attacked him."

It was acknowledged a dispute arose "based on the content of her phone" and claimed the dislocated shoulder was a result of a pre-existing injury, and it was "not uncommon" for it to pop out.

The defence said: "My client's cognitive behaviour in custody is not reflective of how he feels about his partner or child."

However District Judge Peter King, reading from the case papers, disclosed the chilling content of Kennedy's outburst in custody.

"You said you were going to kill your child," he said.

"You said you would get back to your partner and teach her a hard lesson for cheating on you.

"It is inconceivable you would be granted bail. There is a clear danger to your partner and baby."

Kennedy was remanded in custody to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court by video-link later this month.

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