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Man accused of raping partner

A man raped and battered his partner before threatening to kill them both and have her young child find their bodies, the High Court has heard.

The 32-year-old suspect, who cannot be named to protect his alleged victim's identity, tried to set fire to the home after one attack, it was claimed.

Prosecutors said the Co Antrim man beat the woman repeatedly, held a knife to her throat and threw a DVD player at her.

He also armed himself with a metal saucepan and casserole dish during one of two separate outbreaks of violence, the court was told.

The accused faces a total of nine charges, including two counts each of rape and threats to kill, criminal damage, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated assault, attempted arson endangering life, and being armed with an offensive weapon. He was refused bail after a judge heard the alleged victim — who has now ended their relationship — was left “petrified” after he sent her a letter from prison.

Mr Justice Hart denied bail due to concerns the accused may attempt to intimidate the woman.

Belfast Telegraph