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An Enniskillen man remanded in custody after allegedly threatening a disabled woman with a meat cleaver has been refused compassionate bail to visit his new-born baby

An Enniskillen man remanded in custody after allegedly threatening a disabled woman with a meat cleaver has been refused compassionate bail to visit his new-born baby

An Enniskillen man remanded in custody after allegedly threatening a disabled woman with a meat cleaver has been refused compassionate bail to visit his new-born baby

An Enniskillen man remanded in custody after allegedly threatening a disabled woman with a meat cleaver has been refused compassionate bail to visit his new-born baby.

Blaine Duffy (26) allegedly broke into the woman's home on February 5, detained her against her will, assaulted and threatened to kill her.

Multiple additional charges allegedly occurred in the aftermath, including assaults on police, threats to kill another person and eight counts of criminal damage.

Having been arrested and taken to South West Acute Hospital as a precaution, Duffy, of Drumbawn Close, allegedly used disorderly behaviour.

At Dungannon Magistrates Court a detective opposed the application, explaining the victim was discovered by her carer in a very distressed state, contending Duffy had been in her home for over an hour.

Police arrived and spoke with the victim who identified Duffy as the offender. A meat cleaver was located on a table and the rear door was smashed.

The victim described being imprisoned by Duffy, who she tried to calm down, but he replied stating: "Sit down and shut up. I won't think twice about killing you."

The other offences occurred after he fled to a nearby house, barricading himself into a bedroom, requiring officers to force entry. After arrest, his behaviour remained highly aggressive.

Bail was refused at his first appearance and later at the High Court, due to the previous record which contains 41 entries, including violence and threats to kill, which are allegedly present in the current matter.

The detective said: "Police have serious concerns if the defendant is released, he may reoffend and interfere with witnesses. Social Services fear he may try to obtain alcohol or drugs and become a risk to others. The child's mother was unaware this application was being made."

A defence barrister said Duffy was refused compassionate bail to attend the birth of the child and was applying so he could see it, probably at a contact centre.

He stressed the importance of his client's right to a family life and sought only a short visit and not an overnight out of prison.

"He accepts on return he will be required to isolate under Covid regulations and will be drugs tested," said the defence.

Refusing bail, District Judge John Meehan said Duffy was accused of "a brutal attack on a vulnerable woman".

Belfast Telegraph