A man accused of kicking his partner out of a first-floor window and throwing her pet puppy against a wall has been granted High Court bail.
Joseph Henry Smyth was ordered to keep away from the woman who sustained a fractured spine and broken nose in the alleged attack at her south Belfast home.
The 31-year-old defendant, of Hillhead Cottages in the city, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal damage to a mobile phone, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and assault on police.
The alleged offences relate to an hour-long outburst of violence at the Tates Avenue address on September 14.
Prosecutor Kate McKay told how the woman claimed Smyth threw her eight-month-old dog off a wall and then down stairs.
When she asked him to stop he hit her over the head with a suspected vacuum cleaner, it was alleged.
According to the woman’s account he followed this up by kicking and punching her about the face and body.
She told police that she managed to get the puppy out through a ground-floor window, but was dragged back in when she tried to follow her pet.
“She then tried to escape by climbing out a first-floor window on to a bay window, but as she was trying to get away he kicked her out and she ended up on the pavement, injuring her back,” Mrs McKay claimed.
After falling to the street she went to a nearby house to seek help, the court heard.
She was covered in so much blood that the neighbour who brought her in thought it was hair dye, Mrs McKay added.
The woman, who has since left the Tates Avenue area, suffered a spinal fracture which required her to wear a back brace.
She also sustained multiple nasal fractures, a broken hand and a head gash that required six staples.
Smyth was found hiding in a hot press after a police dog was sent into the house to search for him, according to the prosecution.
Mrs McKay said he spat at police following his arrest.
The accused has denied the charges and provided a statement to police.
It was also confirmed that the dog has since made a full recovery.
“He was found a couple of streets away and he’s being looked after by the neighbour who has come to (the woman’s) rescue in more ways than one,” Mrs McKay explained.
With Smyth having spent more than two months in custody, Mr Justice Colton decided he could be granted bail to stay with his mother in west Belfast.
Imposing a curfew, electronic tagging and an alcohol ban, the judge also prohibited him from entering Tates Avenue.
The judge warned: “On no account are you to make any contact with the complainant in this case.”