Northern Ireland

Dunmurry man Martin Reid 'bites off girlfriend's nose'

A man bit off a part of his partner's nose following an all-day drinking session, the High Court has heard.

The victim faces reconstructive surgery after doctors were unable to reattach the tip, prosecutors said.

Her boyfriend of five years, Martin Reid, 40, of no fixed address, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent over the alleged attack in Dunmurry on 11 April.

Mr Reid has claimed to have no memory of the incident.

Crown counsel Fiona O'Kane said police found a woman with a large part of her nose bitten off at a house in Seymour Hill.

She confirmed that the missing piece was located, but that surgeons were unable to stitch it back on.

Following his arrest, Mr Reid is alleged to have told police that he would "bite the woman's head off" if he ever saw her again.

Mr Reid also faces charges of assault and criminal damage. He allegedly kicked out at a police officer and urinated all over his cell.

Counsel for the defence, Paul McAlinden, told the court that Mr Reid needed help for alcohol problems, and recommended a west Belfast hostel which offers support.

Mr Justice Weir granted Mr Reid bail to stay at the accommodation, but banned him from contacting the victim or consuming alcohol. He also ordered Mr Reid to be back indoors by 2000 BST.

"If he doesn't clean up his act when he's there he will be back inside again," Mr Weir added.