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Stab accused said she hopes her boyfriend dies, court told

By Nevin Farrell

A hotel worker accused of stabbing her partner several times after a boozing session later said "I hope he dies", a court heard yesterday.

Angeline Martin (56), of Coastguard Road in Larne, faces one charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Tuesday.

A PSNI officer objected to bail, telling Ballymena Magistrates Court how police responded to a report of a stabbing and found blood on the door and also inside a house at Coastguard Road.

The officer said Martin was found lying in a bed and that she said she and her partner "had a fight" after drinking vodka.

The officer said the defendant told police: "I probably knifed him, he probably punched me and I punched him back."

Police then found the man "covered in blood" after he had gone to neighbours.

The officer said the man had puncture wounds on his head and chest and was "in and out of consciousness".

The court heard that the man told police: "We were drinking away and the next thing she f***ing started on me."

The man was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but his condition improved and he was discharged, the court was told.

Martin, who appeared before the court with a black eye, also became aggressive in an ambulance and had to be restrained by police.

When spoken to about her partner, she allegedly said: "I hope he dies."

During interview the accused said she was drunk and had no recollection of much of what had happened after she and her partner of 10 years consumed two litres of vodka.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant's alleged comments about her partner were made at a time when she was injured and intoxicated.

He said both parties suffered injuries, and his client had a completely clear record.

Mr Law claimed the man indicated he would not be assisting with the prosecution. But the police officer told the court that the man said he would make a statement, but wished to continue the relationship.

Deputy District Judge Peter Magill refused bail, saying it was a "very difficult case".

Martin was remanded in custody to appear back at the same court next month.

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