A man has gone on trial charged with making threats to kill his girlfriend, pouring boiling water over her and cutting her throat.

Dean Ward appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with a series of charges at Ms Martina Cunningham’s home at The Forest, Ballymacool, Letterkenny on various dates.

Other charges include causing criminal damage, assault and falsely imprisoning Ms Cunningham at her home.

Ward, of Gorey, Co Wexford denies all charges and pleaded not guilty.

The trial opened yesterday and is set to continue for at least two days before a jury at Letterkenny courthouse.

Ms Cunningham, a mother-of-three yesterday began giving her evidence in the case.

The court has heard how the couple met on the Plenty of Fish dating website.

After texting Mr Ward came to Letterkenny and stayed with Ms Cunniungham at her home for a week before going back to Dublin to collect some of his belongings and coming back to Letterkenny.

However, the accused was arrested in Dublin and was jailed at Loughlin House open jail.

The court heard how Mr Ward told Ms Cunningham that he was finished his jail term and that she drove to the jail to collect Mr Ward.

The court was played a series of phonecalls between Mr Ward and Ms Cunningham to the jail.

In cross-examining Ms Cunningham, barrister for Mr Ward, Mr Peter Nolan asked the accused was it not the case that it was she who helped Mr Ward break out of prison.

Ms Cunningham denied this and claimed that she did not know that he did not flee jail but only found out later.

Ward remained at Ms Cunningham’s house and when Gardai called to the house checking to see if Ward was there, she denied he was living at the house.

The case continues today.


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