‘Head-shave’ accused ‘in relationship’ with injured party, court told



A Ballymena man accused of being involved in an incident in which a woman had her head ‘dry shaved’ by three men as she lay unconscious was in a relationship with the alleged injured party, a court has heard.

The comment was made by a PSNI constable during a bail application on behalf of Nathan Telford (22), of Beechwood Avenue, Ahoghill, who is accused of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the woman; attempted grievous bodily harm; and common assault.

Three other people - Paul Joshua Balmer (41), whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry; Alister William Hamilton (22), of Shane Court, Broughshane; and Paula Wilson (20), of no fixed abode - also face the same charges on a date between May 18-22.

The police officer told Ballymena Magistrates Court that video footage - allegedly taken by the defendant Wilson on her mobile phone - shows Telford saying “I love you” and “as long as you’re alright, pet” before the injured party had her eyebrow shaved.

Refusing bail, District Judge Desmond Perry described the incident as “utterly depraved”.

For full report, see Tuesday’s Ballymena Times.




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