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Police found man trying to throw himself in front of vehicles after assaulting his partner

Court told defendant contacted his mother after incident and said he had 'half-killed' his then partner.

Armagh Magistrates' Court

A Tandragee man who attempted to throw himself in front of vehicles after assaulting his partner will be sentenced next month.

Court heard that the 30-year-old contacted his mother after the incident and told her he “half-killed” his then partner.

Jamie Taylor, of Portadown Road, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, as he appeared via videolink from Maghaberry.

Court was told that on December 2, at around 2 am, police were called to a property in Tandragee by a homeowner who stated the injured party had come to their house claiming she had been assaulted.

He said the female was in his home and had stated that her partner – the defendant – had assaulted her.

Police attended the home of Taylor on the Portadown Road and observed him trying to throw himself in front of oncoming vehicles.

Court then heard that the defendant had contacted his mother stating that he had “half-killed” his partner.

Officers spoke to Taylor who said he wanted to kill himself if he did not get help.

The defendant was taken to hospital by police for mental health support.

Defence solicitor Richard Montieth said: “This is a hard-working young man who has had his employment placed in jeopardy as he has now spent 45 days in custody.”

District Judge Paul Copeland stated that a pre-sentence report should be collated in this case with it to return to court on February 5, this being a shorter time than is usually given.

Taylor was remanded in custody until February 5, when he will appear for sentence.

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