Man is alleged to have bitten, punched, kicked and sat upon six months pregnant partner

Ballymena Court
Ballymena Court.

A man who is alleged to have bitten, punched, kicked and placed his full weight by sitting on his partner, who is six months pregnant, is also accused of threatening to kill her, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

Filip Rac (35), a Slovakian living at Waveney Avenue in Ballymena, denies the charges, claiming an injury to his partner’s face happened when one of her three children headbutted her accidentally.

He is charged with making a threat to kill his partner; assaulting her occasioning her actual bodily harm and causing criminal damage to her mobile phone on November 19 this year.

Rac appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison and made an unsuccessful application for bail.

A police officer said the injured party came home where the defendant was present and it was alleged he started shouting at her before pulling her by the arm and punching her on the face.

When she fell over, it was alleged, Rac then kicked and punched her and bit her above the eyebrow as well as placing his full weight on her, while three other children, under the age of six, were in the house.

The woman tried to phone police but Rac allegedly threw the mobile across a room breaking it.

The police officer objected to bail saying he had concerns for the safety of the woman as the defendant had seriously assaulted her and also sat on her whilst she was heavily pregnant.

A defence solicitor said the allegations were denied and his client asserted the facial injury was caused by an accidental headbutt by a child.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was stretching the imagination of the court to believe that a young child had headbutted their mother and that she then rang police and made up the account given to the court.

Refusing bail, the judge said they were serious allegations and he said Rac had no suitable address.

He believed there was also a risk of interference with the complainant.

Rac was remanded in custody to appear back at the same court via video link in December.

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