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Bail for man who assaulted his ex-girlfriend

Slammed her head into patio door

A Douglas man has appeared in court accused of launching a vicious unprovoked attack on his ex-girlfriend after inviting her to his home.

Forty-year-old Michael Kelly, who lives in Port-e-Chee Avenue, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

At Douglas Courthouse this week, the landscape gardener appeared before magistrates.

Prosecution advocate James Robinson told the hearing Mr Kelly had asked his former partner to his home shortly before midnight on Tuesday, 5 March.

Mr Kelly is said to have suddenly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and slammed her head into a patio door so hard the glass shattered, leaving her with a deep head wound.

He then kicked and punched her as she lay on the ground, and grabbed her by the hair to drag her back as she tried to escape.

Magistrates granted Mr Kelly bail, but he must abide by a 9pm to 6am curfew, can’t purchase or consume alcohol, contact his victim or witnesses and only enter Peel to go to work in the town’s graveyard.

No plea was entered, he’s due to appear again on 21 March.

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