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Man accused of giving girlfriend two black eyes said he would put police sergeant 'in a box', court told

William Johnson is accused of giving his teenage girlfriend two black eyes.
William Johnson is accused of giving his teenage girlfriend two black eyes.

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of giving his teenage girlfriend two black eyes allegedly threatened to put a police sergeant "in a box", the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors also claimed William Johnson spat on officers and called one a "P**i b******" while being arrested last week.

Johnson, of Glentaisie Park in Portrush, Co Antrim, faces charges of common assault, criminal damage, threats to kill, assault on police, disorderly behaviour and possessing cannabis.

During a bail application it was alleged that he attacked his 19-year-old girlfriend at a location in Portstewart on May 17 after accusing her of stealing from him.

She claimed he struck her on the face and smashed her mobile phone case, the court was told.

Crown lawyer Iryna Kennedy contended that Johnson became aggressive and verbally abusive when officers went to arrest him.

"He spat at police on two occasions, with saliva landing on the officers," Mrs Kennedy said.

"Limb restraints were applied, but during the incident the applicant was shouting at police officer 'I will put you in a box'.

"He was also heard to call him a P**i b******."

A small quantity of cannabis was allegedly located on him in custody.

Opposing bail, Mrs Kennedy claimed Johnson's girlfriend had been left with two black eyes, and was vulnerable due to drug problems.

Counsel further alleged that the accused made a phone call while detained, asking for someone to get her to drop the charges.

A defence lawyer insisted Johnson denies attacking the woman or damaging her phone cover.

Setting out his client's case that the injuries were inflicted by someone three days earlier, he told the court: "When officers arrived at the scene her eyes were already black."

Johnson was granted bail on conditions including a curfew, electronic tagging and a ban on contacting the alleged victim.

Mr Justice McAlinden also barred him from entering her hometown of Coleraine.

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