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The 49-year-old was granted bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court

The 49-year-old was granted bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court

The 49-year-old was granted bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court

A woman who claims an ex-partner beat her unconscious with four metal chairs fears he will return to "finish her off", a court heard today.

James Dickson is accused of launching an attack which left the victim with a broken arm, puncture wound and footprint marking on her face.

The 49-year-old lorry driver, of North Howard Walk in Belfast, denies charges of attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was granted bail but barred from going near the woman's home in the north of the city.

A previous court was told Dickson allegedly punched her to the ground during an argument in the early hours of March 21 this year.

She claimed he then picked up four metal kitchen chairs in sequence, hitting her multiple times and kicking her on the head while she was on the floor.

The woman believed he only stopped after she lost consciousness, according to the prosecution.

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Opposing Dickson's application for bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court today, a detective said the victim remains traumatised.

"She is still petrified that if released, he would return and, in her words, 'finish her off'," the detective submitted.

It was also claimed that the accused has emotionally blackmailed the woman by discussing suicide.

"He threatened to throw her dog over the banister, and that she would find it hanging," the detective alleged.

Defence barrister Sean O'Hare argued that Dickson should be released from custody to help care for his children.

The accused's ex-wife attended court to back his application.

Granting bail, Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy ordered Dickson to live at an address which must be approved by police.

Mr Kennedy further directed: "He is to have no contact with the injured party... and he's to be excluded from the Shankill area of Belfast."


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