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Man denied bail over alleged kidnapping of partner and child

A judge has refused bail after hearing details of an alleged kidnap and domestic abuse case describing it as
A judge has refused bail after hearing details of an alleged kidnap and domestic abuse case describing it as "the most serious set of offences I am likely to see"

By Staff Reporter

A judge has refused bail after hearing details of an alleged kidnap and domestic abuse case describing it as "the most serious set of offences I am likely to see".

Ciaran Sean McGuigan (27), of Tardree Place in Lisburn, is accused of kidnapping and assaulting his partner and two-year-old child, imprisoning them against their will.

It is further alleged that he threatened to kill his partner, assaulted her parents, damaged a television and stole bedding.

Finally, McGuigan allegedly drove dangerously and while unfit through drink or drugs. All matters relate to an incident which began in Lisnaskea and ended in Lisburn on June 20.

A detective constable told Enniskillen Magistrates Court all charges could be connected.

She explained McGuigan, his partner and toddler were staying at a holiday cottage. They were joined by the partner's parents, enjoyed a day together and all consumed alcohol.

However around 11pm, McGuigan allegedly threw a glass into a TV, narrowly missing the child.

The partner tried to protect the child and her father intervened.

The partner's mother picked up the child and left the cottage with her husband. They were in the process of getting into their car when McGuigan emerged and began grabbing at the child.

He pulled her arm so hard "it was almost dislocated" and the grandmother felt she had to let her go. Both grandparents left.

Meanwhile, McGuigan threatened to stab his partner if she didn't clean up the mess caused, refusing to allow her to leave.

He removed bloodstained pillows and bedding and shouted at his partner: "I'm taking the child no matter what. Tell her to get into the car now."

With the child and partner on board, it is alleged McGuigan drove dangerously to their home in Lisburn, drinking as he did so.

Having arrived home, McGuigan told his partner: "Nobody's leaving the house."

Several days later the partner contacted police and McGuigan was arrested.

Objecting to bail, the detective said McGuigan is on licence in respect of a burglary and steps were under way to have this revoked over the current matters.

She added: "We consider him a violent offender. The partner is in genuine fear for herself and the child. She disclosed a history of domestic violence going back five years."

A defence barrister said his client denied the offences.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan remarked: "I am looking at the most serious set of offences I am likely to see, involving a two-year-old child. The defendant is on licence and is considered a violent offender. I believe he poses a risk to his family and possibly the general public."

McGuigan was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link next month.

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