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Man remanded in custody after his victim feared for her life, court told

Albert Nelson arrives at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday
Albert Nelson arrives at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday

By Stewart Robson

A Co Antrim man guilty of a string of domestic abuse offences and described by his ex-partner as a "monster" who was "behaving like the Hulk", has been remanded in custody.

Albert Nelson (32) from Low Road in Islandmagee has admitted six counts of common assault, false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two threats to kill, and possessing a Class B drug.

The offences committed by Nelson were carried out in 2016, with "the straw that broke the camel's back", as the prosecution put it, in August that year.

The complainant was not in attendance at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday, where Nelson was due to be sentenced, with Judge Piers Grant delaying his decision until next Monday.

Nelson's victim cannot be named for legal reasons.

During yesterday's proceedings, the court heard how over a 15-hour period Nelson inflicted physical and psychological abuse on his victim.

This included threatening to kill the woman while driving her around in a car and "karate chopping" her throat, which the prosecution said left the victim breathless.

The court also heard of the "tumultuous" relationship between Nelson and his victim, with whom he has not been in contact for two years under court orders.

Between 11pm on August 22, 2016 and 5pm the following day, the court was told the defendant threatened to harm the victim with a knife before hurting members of her family.

This was after a late-night trip to Tesco in Newtownards where the victim spoke to a male member of staff at a self-service checkout, which infuriated Nelson.

The court heard how he refused to let his ex-partner "out of his sight" after this had happened.

She made her escape to a nearby shopping centre the next day, locking herself in a disabled bathroom before phoning her father to collect her from the premises.

On behalf of the complainant, the prosecution said that she believed she was going to lose her life on the night in question.

Text messages between the former couple were read out by the defence, who made a plea for Nelson's sentence to be reduced as he obeyed court orders by not contacting his ex-partner while also refraining from criminal activity within the last two years.

The messages showed how Nelson would use "flattery" when talking to the complainant, who said that she felt like her "head was going to explode".

Nelson, who pleaded guilty to all counts, kissed his new partner before being taken into custody until he is brought before Judge Grant again next Monday.

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