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Knife case Belfast man to stand trial accused of stabbing partner in fight over alleged affair

Nawaz allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat, flung her onto a bed and pinned her down before producing a 15 cm “Rambo” knife

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Sean Nawaz leaving court on an earlier occasion

Sean Nawaz leaving court on an earlier occasion

Sean Nawaz leaving court on an earlier occasion

A west Belfast man has been ordered to stand trial accused of stabbing his partner in a fight over an alleged affair.

Appearing at Lisburn Magistrates Court by videolink from his solicitors office, 40-year-old Sean Joseph Nawaz confirmed that he was aware of the three charges against him and that he had no objection to a Preliminary Enquiry, the legal step necessary for any case to be elevated to the Crown Court.

Nawaz, from Areema Drive in Dunmurry, is accused of wounding his partner with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possessing a knife with intent to wound and making a threat to kill, intending the complainant to fear he would carry it out, all alleged to have been committed on 30 May this year.

Previous courts have heard that during an argument over unfounded accusations of an affair, Nawaz allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat, flung her onto a bed and pinned her down before producing a 15 cm “Rambo” knife and allegedly stabbing the woman in the upper thigh.

There are also claims that Nawaz threatened to kill her “stone dead.”

The victim’s leg was wrapped in towels before he drove her to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment to a 5cm wound and Nawaz was arrested at the time, claiming during police interviews that while the couple had argued, he denied either threatening or intentionally stabbing his partner.

While the earlier court also heard that the woman had withdrawn her complaint, in court on Monday a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was still a Prima Facie case against Nawaz, a submission conceded by defence solicitor John Murphy.

The court clerk told Nawaz that although not obliged to he had the right to comment on the charges and to call evidence to the PE on his behalf but he told her he had nothing to say “at this stage.”

Freeing Nawaz on continuing bail, Dep. District Judge Joe Rice returned the case to Craigavon Crown Court and scheduled the arraignment for 2 December.

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