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Murder accused banged lover's head off wall, court hears

A man accused of murdering his lover, allegedly banged her head against a wall and threw her into a garden, a court has heard.

Shocking claims about the final hours of Omagh woman Mairead McCallion's life emerged when her partner appeared in the town's magistrates court on Saturday.

Noel Knox (50) is charged with murdering 36-year-old Ms McCallion at his disabled brother's house sometime between February 22 and February 25.

The court also heard revelations that Ms McCallion had made a number of domestic abuse allegations against Knox in the past.

The victim – understood to have been an accountant – died from a head injury in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen late last Monday evening.

Knox of Knockshee Park, Omagh arrived at court on Saturday with a fleece pulled over his head. The unemployed man only spoke to say 'Yes' when asked if he understood the murder charge.

A PSNI officer said officers arrived at a house in Castleview Court after receiving a call from Knox, who had asked for help in "having two people removed from his brother's house".

Police found Ms McCallion standing outside the house in her "stocking soles" at around 11.50am last Sunday morning. The deputy senior investigating officer said: "She alleged to police that the defendant had assaulted her by grabbing her hair and hitting her head off a wall and then threw her out into the garden."

District Judge Nigel Broderick accepted there was no real risk of the Omagh man absconding, but he rejected Knox's bail application.

Knox was remanded in custody to appear in court by videolink on March 25. Ms McCallion's funeral Mass took place at Sacred Heart Church in Omagh yesterday.

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