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Man accused of kicking pregnant woman ‘beaten by a gang wielding batons’


A man accused of kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach has been attacked by four masked men armed with batons.

Gary Woods, originally from Mullaghacall Crescent, Portstewart, was to have appeared before North Antrim Magistrates’ Court in Coleraine yesterday to fix a date for a preliminary enquiry into the case.

However, defence lawyer Francis Rafferty told District Judge Liam McNally that 25-year-old Woods was unable to attend court as he was “the victim of a serious assault”.

Mr Rafferty said Woods was “suffering from a broken arm and is on his way to hospital”. Mr McNally adjourned the hearing, fixing it for the end of next month.

Police later confirmed that shortly after 1am yesterday morning, officers in Coleraine were informed about an attack on a man by a number of masked men. A PSNI spokesman added that his injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Woods, who was released on bail in April, is charged with attempted child destruction, and falsely imprisoning and causing grevious bodily harm to the child's mother on January 31.

At his original remand hearing in February, the court was told that the alleged victim's stepfather rang police to report that she had been assaulted by Woods.

District Judge Austin Kennedy, also heard that police domestic abuse officers had had dealings with Woods over several years involving incidents with three previous partners.

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