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Woman 'flew to Belfast from South Africa to attack husband,' court hears

By Alan Erwin

A woman allegedly flew from South Africa to assault her estranged husband in Belfast, a court has heard.

Nadine Brigden-Teague is also accused of causing damage to a door during a confrontation at his home in the city on Monday.

The 34-year-old, of no fixed address, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with common assault and criminal damage.

Crown lawyer Natalie Pinkerton expressed concerns about any further contact with the alleged victim if she was released.

Setting out the prosecution case, Ms Pinkerton claimed Brigden-Teague flew into Northern Ireland to go to her ex-partner's house, damage the interior door and assault him.

"She seems to have travelled some distance from South Africa to do this," the barrister alleged.

But defence solicitor Hamill Clawson insisted divorce proceedings were the reason behind his client's trip.

He told the court the couple had spent periods together in Cape Town and Northern Ireland.

Teague went back to her native South Africa after they split up, with divorce proceedings then allegedly instigated.

Mr Clawson claimed she flew over because the papers hadn't been signed.

She went to a solicitor's office in Belfast before going to her estranged husband's home, according to the lawyer.

"She said there was an altercation but denied the assault," he added.

Granting bail, District Judge Fiona Bagnall banned Brigden-Teague from any contact with the complainant, including by social media.

She is also to be excluded from the Lisburn Road area of Belfast and must surrender her passport.

Adjourning the case for just two weeks, Mrs Bagnall pointed out: "I would like this to be moved as quick as possible - we are at least detaining this lady in this jurisdiction."

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