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Woman left with cigarette burns following 'domestic incident' in Belfast, court told

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During interview, Robinson said he had no recollection of the incident

During interview, Robinson said he had no recollection of the incident

During interview, Robinson said he had no recollection of the incident

A woman suffered cigarette burns and was found covered in urine following an alleged domestic incident, a court has been told.

The details of the case were given at Belfast Magistrates’ Court as Robert Neale Robinson appeared after being charged over the alleged attack.

Robinson (52), from south Belfast, faces a single count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to a woman on Thursday.

Objecting to Robinson being released on bail, a police officer told the court a report was made to the PSNI by the ambulance service after they were called to the scene.

Police spoke to Robinson and the alleged injured party who was seen to have burn marks on her body, black eyes and numerous bruises.

The officer told the court the woman was also covered in urine and faeces and the burns were suspected to be caused by cigarettes.

During interview, Robinson said he had no recollection of the incident as he had been drinking heavily for four months.

He claimed the woman has a history of falling into walls and that he first noticed she had black eyes two weeks ago and denies ever assaulting the woman.

A defence solicitor told the court that it was Robinson who called the ambulance for the woman, who has not made a statement of complaint.

He added that were Robinson denied bail the Covid-19 delays affecting the court system would mean it’s likely he wouldn’t stand trial until next year.

District Judge George Conner released Robinson, of Mount Merrion Avenue, on his own bail of £400, subject to a suitable address being found.

Judge Conner also ordered a cash surety to added of £900 to be lodged and made subject of a curfew with an electronic tag to be fitted.

He also banned Robinson from consuming alcohol and adjourned the case to October 9.

Belfast Telegraph