Northern Ireland

Assult accused 'left bite marks' on fiancee

High Court
Image caption The case was heard at the High Court

A High Court judge has expressed "disgust" over claims that a man bit, kicked and punched his fiancee.

Seamus Lowe is accused of leaving teeth marks on his partner's arm during an alleged attack in Belfast in August.

He is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the incident. Mr Lowe, of Hawthorn Street, Belfast, was arrested then released on bail.

But a Crown lawyer said police found the alleged victim again last week with bloody lips and bite marks to her neck.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, said the woman has not made a statement over the second incident, nor has Mr Lowe been charged with any further offences.

It also emerged that his fiancee withdrew her complaint about the earlier alleged assault.

Despite this, prosecutors intend to summons her to give evidence in the case.

Mark Mulholland, defending, said the woman even tried to contact the accused while he was in custody.

The judge, Lord Justice Coghlin, said the presumption of innocence in the case was not strong due to the injuries suffered by the woman.

However, he ruled that Mr Lowe could be released on bail to stay at an address in the Hannahstown area of the city, imposed a curfew on him and identified an exclusion zone around the alleged victim's home.