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tit-for-tat Woman left partner's chest a bloody mess after cutting out tattooed name of his ex

The court heard how the victim sustained a 6in knife wound which needed 16 stitches

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 Katja Risto Patterson

Katja Risto Patterson

Katja Risto Patterson

A woman has been accused of leaving her partner’s chest a bloody mess after she allegedly cut out the tattooed name of his former lover.

While police contend that Katja Risto Patterson (45) is a “serial abuser of partners,” Newtownards Magistrates Court heard claims that her partner consented to his tattoo being cut out.

Patterson, from Spencer Street in Holywood, Co Down, appeared at court in Wednesday by videolink from custody where she faces a single charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm last November 30.

Previous courts have heard how the victim sustained a 6in knife wound to his chest which needed 16 stitches and when police attended the couple’s home, he was sitting in the living room bare-chested and covered in blood.

While he initially told officers that Patterson had stabbed him, it is now suggested that with Patterson’s assistance, he was trying to cut out a tattoo bearing the name of an ex-partner.

On Wednesday Patterson made a fresh bid to be freed on bail but a police constable said there were objections.

“She is a serial abuser of partners,” the officer claimed, adding that the offences represented an “escalation in her offending”.

Defence counsel Conan Rea said Patterson “doesn’t have any convictions for abuse” so it was “questionable [for the officer] to make that bald assertion”.

With the victim, who is originally from Somerset, still living in Patterson’s home, Mr Rea told the court “the risk of further offences is a risk to her partner... he is the person in the firing line and he is happy to face that risk”.

District Judge Mark Hamill freed Patterson on her own bail of £300, but barred her from entering Holywood and from having contact with her alleged victim.

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