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Partner ‘threw woman down stairs during row’

A woman was grabbed by the hair and thrown down two flights of stairs following a row with her ex-partner about a bill, it was alleged in the High Court.

Her face was left bloodied after the attack in Derry, according to the prosecution. The same man is accused separately of making a hoax call to claim a bomb had been left at her home.

Michael Scullion (41), of Waterloo Street, Derry, faces charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and communicating false information causing a bomb hoax.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said the woman was treated in hospital for facial and body injuries after the attack on April 12.

Mr Maguire said: “She stated she asked the applicant about a bill and this caused an argument. She said the applicant grabbed her by the hair and threw her down the first flight of stairs.”

It was alleged he threw her down a second set of stairs, with her face striking a fire extinguisher. Scullion claims he rowed with the woman about playing poker machines while they were out and was followed home by the woman who it was claimed was drunk.

At the bail hearing Scullion was granted bail to live at an agreed address in Derry.

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