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Man in court accused of biting off part of girlfriend's nose

By George Jackson

A member of the PSNI's domestic violence unit has told a court a 33-year-old man is alleged to have bitten off part of his girlfriend's nose during a violent assault on her in her home.

The officer said that the woman (30) had to have reconstructive plastic surgery on her nose for the injuries she sustained during the incident.

The police witness told District Judge Oonagh Mullan at Londonderry Magistrate Court she had spoken to the nurse who had treated the woman in hospital "and she confirmed to me that part of the complainant's nostrils were missing".

Before the court following his arrest on Monday was Stephen McCarron from Moyola Drive in the Shantallow area of Derry.

The officer said that the defendant, who has 68 previous criminal convictions, had been on the run since last July for previous domestic violent incidents involving the same woman.

The police officer described the complainant as a very vulnerable woman.

She said when police called at the defendant's mother's home on Monday, his sister told the officers that he was not inside the house. However the officers entered the house and they found the defendant hiding under a bedroom duvet.

The officer said there has been a serious domestic violence history between the defendant and the complainant dating back to June 2014 and she told the court that if released on bail she believed the defendant would re-offend against the same woman.

Applying for bail defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said the defendant denied assaulting his girlfriend and also denied breaching a court imposed Restraining Order by being in her home. The defendant is alleged to have committed the offences between August 11 and August 30.

Mr Quigley said the complainant, because of her health issues, was not a reliable witness and said she could not remember the precise date of the alleged offences.

The District Judge refused bail. She said the defendant had breached court orders on numerous occasions in the past.

"This is a very serious domestic violence incident where the complainant sustained very serious injuries.

"I am satisfied there is a risk of him re-offending and of interfering with witnesses and I have no confidence that if released on bail he would abide by bail conditions nor do I have confidence that he would turn up for his trial", she said.

The defendant was remanded in custody for a video link hearing on October 5.

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