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Woman 'woken by ex-partner hitting her in frenzied attack'

A woman was woken by an ex-partner hitting her repeatedly in a "frenzied" attack, the High Court heard today.

The alleged victim said she had no idea how Glen Harwood got into her home because he did not have a key, according to the prosecution.

Harwood (35) of Ballyronan Park, Newtownabbey, denies charges of assault and criminal damage over the incident last Sunday.

Police called to the woman's house in the area found the front door had been damaged.

"She said he had entered the property, woken her from her sleep and was standing over her hitting her repeatedly around the head in what she described as a frenzied attack lasting five minutes," prosecuting barrister Conor Maguire said.

"She stated that the applicant never possessed a key for her home and she had no idea how he got in."

But defence counsel Richard McConkey questioned her claims.

He said: "The injured party alleges she was assaulted for five minutes, yet she has slight swelling to her head."

Mr McConkey added that Harwood insists he never touched the woman.

Citing Harwood's alcohol problems and lack of ties in the community, Mr Justice Stephens refused bail.

The judge said: "I consider there is a risk of offences being committed."

Belfast Telegraph