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Newlywed 'leapt from van to flee husband'

A newlywed woman allegedly threw herself from a van in a bid to escape a beating by her husband, the High Court has heard.

Martin McDonagh is accused of then carrying his apparently unconscious wife back to the vehicle and driving away.

The 22-year-old, of Comber Road in Omagh, Co Tyrone, denies charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and kidnapping 10 days into their marriage.

He claims bite marks found on the victim were the result of consensual acts between the couple — both members of the Travelling community.

McDonagh was granted bail after a judge was told the alleged victim has not yet made a statement of complaint.

The couple were stopped in the Magheramason area after police received a 999 call on July 28.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, said the initial allegation was that they had rowed after visiting a relative in hospital.

The woman claimed McDonagh began punching her when they got back into their vehicle.

“She said she didn't want to take any more so effectively threw herself out of the van to escape,” Mrs McKay told the court.

McDonagh is alleged to have got out, attacked her again before putting her over his shoulder and returning her to the vehicle.

Details of an alleged attack with a stiletto heel two days previously were also disclosed.

The court heard how the woman has said she does not want to give a statement after being spoken to by other members of the Travelling community.

McDonagh was banned from entering Co Derry or having any contact with his wife.

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