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Man hid in home of pregnant partner he’s accused of assaulting, bail hearing is told

A detective constable told Dungannon Magistrates Court all charges could be connected (stock photo)
A detective constable told Dungannon Magistrates Court all charges could be connected (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

A man has been remanded in custody after police found him hiding in the home of his heavily pregnant partner who he is accused of assaulting.

Matthew Alderdice (20) was described by a judge as "an argumentative and self-righteous individual".

Alderdice (20), who proffered a bail address at Springfarm Heights, Newry but is originally from Omagh, is accused of assaulting the woman, stealing her phone and causing damage to her home on April 13.

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

Objecting to bail, he explained Alderdice arrived at his partner's home with alcohol, and began drinking heavily.

A disturbance occurred and the partner claims she was pushed by Alderdice, causing her to fall to the ground, despite being seven months pregnant at the time.

He then caused damaged to property in her home and stole her phone, it's claimed.

When police arrived, Alderdice tried to flee but was detained. He was later charged and released on bail with a condition to have no contact with the injured party.

However, on May 7, police were made aware he was residing with his partner in breach of bail. On arrival, Alderdice was found hiding in the hot press.

The detective said: "There is a significant domestic violence history in this relationship with seven previous occurrences."

Applying for bail a defence lawyer said his client had been contacted by the injured party to say she wanted the charges dropped.

"That put him under the false impression he could go to her home," said the defence.

Refusing bail, District Judge John Meehan told Alderdice: "Your partner is heavily pregnant and I have no intention of putting that unborn child at risk.

"Your answers during police interview show you to be an argumentative and self-righteous individual."

Alderdice is to appear again by video link on June 5.

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