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Northern Ireland man kicked pregnant girlfriend in stomach, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly kicked his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and tried to pull her over the railings of a bridge, the High Court heard on Wednesday.

Prosecutors also claimed Ciaran Bradley subjecting the woman to verbal abuse during an attack in Derry.

The 23-year-old, of Melrose Terrace in the city, denies a charge of common assault over the incident on April 30.

He was granted bail on conditions including a ban on contacting the alleged victim or entering parts of Derry.

Crown lawyer Kate McKay said the woman told a social worker Bradley had kicked her in the tummy area.

According to that account he also attempted to pull her over the railings of the Peace Bridge across the River Foyle.

"She said he was verbally abusive, calling her a slut and tramp, and wished her and the unborn baby would just die," Mrs McKay submitted.

Following his arrest Bradley claimed the couple had a verbal disagreement but denied any violence.

The court heard CCTV footage depicts them on the bridge but does not show the alleged assault.

However, according to the prosecution, Bradley is seen pushing and pulling the woman with excessive force as they cross at traffic lights towards the Guildhall.

"He said he just wanted to get her and the unborn child home," Mrs McKay added.

Bradley had been released from custody, but was detained again amid claims he punched the woman in the stomach earlier this month.

The alleged victim, who has not made a statement of complaint, had already given birth by that stage.

Granting bail, Lord Justice Treacy excluded Bradley from Derry's Cityside and ordered him to keep away from the woman.

The judge warned him: "If you breach your bail you will go back in custody and stay there until your case is dealt with."

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