Man found hiding in ex-girlfriend’s cupboard ‘breached bail’



A man accused of seriously assaulting his ex-girlfriend was found hiding in a cupboard in her home, a court heard on Saturday.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that police discovered Amar Michael El Hertani hiding in the wardrobe of his former partner’s home in south Belfast last Friday.

The 22-year-old was before the court accused of two alleged breaches of bail.

El Hertani of Orchard Grove, Downpatrick had been granted bail earlier this month after facing four charges.

Last October 20 he is alleged to have unlawfully assaulted his former partner and also damaged property belonging to her.

Then on November 24 he is alleged to have inflicted grievous bodily harm on his ex-girlfriend and to have assaulted a man.

Part of El Hertani’s bail conditions are not to have any contact with his former partner but the court heard police were called to El Hertani’s former partner’s home in Hatfield Street at 11pm last Friday night.

A PSNI officer told the court: “Police were met at the door by the injured party screaming ‘can you get him out of here?’.”

He added officers found El Hertani attempting to conceal himself in a cupboard.

District Judge Amanda Henderson remanded El Hertani in custody and ordered him to appear again via video link this Thursday.


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