Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey man cuts his own throat in front of police

A man accused of breaking into his ex-partner's home slashed his own throat in front of police, the High Court has heard.

Thirty-one-year-old Dean Nesbitt of Carn Rise, Newtownabbey, faces a series of charges including false imprisonment of his former partner and her daughter.

The accused has denied the charges.

He has been granted bail to live at his mother's address on condition he has no contact with the alleged victim.

He is also charged with aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, criminal damage, threats to kill and earlier allegations of harassment and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The charges relate to domestic disputes at the home of his former partner in the Glen Road area of west Belfast.

In the most recent incident, police were called out to the house on 6 February.

During an application for bail it was claimed that officers found Mr Nesbitt holding a knife to his throat.

His barrister, Conor O'Kane, said: "This man has repeatedly self-harmed over a large number of years.

"When police arrived he actually cut his own throat in front of the police officers, so much so that he had to receive stitches in his neck."

Mr O'Kane told the court the woman had moved home because of a feud between her relatives and another family in the city.

He said a panic button was installed in her home but had not been pressed.

The court also heard details of another self-harm incident after Mr Nesbitt was taken into custody.

Counsel for the prosecution said: "He smashed a roof light and attempted to stab himself in the throat."

Mr Nesbitt denies the charges and claims they have been fabricated by his ex-partner.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Weir also banned Mr Nesbitt from entering the part of west Belfast where the woman lives.

A further prohibition was put on him being in a car unless driven by his mother.