A woman had to flee through a living room window after being punched and kicked by a man, a court has been told.
James Aaron Madden appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court today on charges following an alleged domestic incident on Friday that a judge said was “nearly as bad as it gets”.
The 36-year-old, of no fixed abode, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and attempting to choke, strangle or suffocate the woman.
Objecting to Madden being released on bail a police officer told the court that at around 7.30pm the woman had gone to Madden’s house in north Belfast and an argument started.
The woman told police Madden grabbed her by the throat and told her that her “family should be planning her funeral as she would leave in a box”.
She claimed he also punched and kicked her causing cuts, bruising and swelling to her face during what she estimated was a 40 minute ordeal.
The officer said the woman was eventually able to flee through a living room window and was left “absolutely terrified”.
Asking for him to be freed on bail, Madden’s solicitor told the court he had co-operated fully with police during interview and denies committing the offences.
The lawyer said the woman went to Madden’s house and an argument occurred but “matters had settled down”.
He said Madden claims during the argument the woman threw a nest of tables and that she had attacked him and that injuries to her throat were “caused by love bites”.
The lawyer added that the window through which the woman left was “four to five feet off the ground” rather than a case of jumping from the first floor.
Refusing bail, District Judge Mark Hamill said in terms of alleged domestic abuse it was “nearly as bad as it gets” and it was “curtains for bail as far as I’m concerned”.
Judge Hamill said the case was bound to end up in the Crown Court as “there is no way any district judge would accept jurisdiction” over the case.
He added that if convicted Madden faced a “lengthy custodial sentence” and adjourned the case for four weeks.