Accused soldier swore at judge

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A soldier who swore in front of judge later said his army training should have prevented him from making the courtroom outburst.

The squaddie told a judge it was a “f--king joke” he was not being released on bail after allegedly assaulting his partner.

He avoided an immediate 14 day prison term for contempt of court after he later apologised.

A barrister for Matthew Mabin said his client accepted he should have not have swore and that his army training meant he should not have lost control and made the outburst. Earlier, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told that police were called to a house at the weekend and they could hear screaming from inside and in an upstairs bedroom they found Mabin (20), from Portstewart, with “blood on his hands”.

The court heard Mabin’s partner did not wish to make a complaint but that her mother said Mabin had punched and head-butted the “extremely upset” victim. The victim’s face was covered in blood and she had a cut on the bridge of her nose and there was blood on Mabin’s clothing, on a bed and on the floor.He is accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said Mabin was on bail for an alleged violent offence. He said the accused is a soldier who was shot on army manoeuvres in Germany and is currently receiving rehabilitation treatment at Headley in England.

He said Mabin was claiming self-defence and that his partner has attacked him after she wouldn’t let him leave the property and there was a “huge row”.

Mr Thompson asked if it would be possible for Mabin to return to Headley for three weeks to “cool down” but District Judge Liam McNally said whilst the defence lawyer had a made a strong case he said he had difficulty with the case because after being returned for trial on another matter allegedly involving violence, Mabin is again accused of acting violently. Maybin was refused bail on the grounds of potential interference with witnesses.

After Maybin was remanded in custody to appear back at the court via video link on November 23 the soldier was heard to say it was a “f--king joke”.