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Newtownabbey man accused of trying to suffocate women in Belfast he 'threatened to kill'

A man appeared in court today accused of trying to choke or suffocate two women.

Michael Hills is also alleged to have threatened to kill both of them.

The 44-year-old, of Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, faces a total of seven charges connected to an incident last month.

They include counts of assault occasioning actually bodily harm and common assault.

A criminal damage charge relates to a glass table, fridge and phone belonging to one of the women.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he is further charged with attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle both, or render them "insensible, unconscious or incapable of resisting".

All of the alleged offences occurred on February 23 in the greater Belfast area. No further details were disclosed.

Hills spoke only to confirm he understood the charges against him.

He was remanded on continuing bail to return to court on April 14.

Belfast Telegraph