A MAN has denied viciously and repeatedly attacking a woman to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life.

Paul McDonagh pleaded not guilty to two charges and will face trial later this year.

On two occasions between May 27 and July 6, 2021, at a property in Dreghorn, the 25-year-old is said to have assaulted the alleged victim by repeatedly seizing her by her arms, pushing her down the stairs, repeatedly uttering threats of violence and spitting at her.

The first charge also states he threw a remote control handset at her, pushed her onto a bed, seized her by the neck and compressed her neck, restricting her breathing.

He also allegedly repeatedly punched and kicked her on the head and body, seized her by the hair and dragged her to the floor and repeatedly stamped on her body.

The charge adds that he presented a knife at her and held it against her head. Mr McDonagh is also said to have threatened to kill the woman.

The alleged offences were committed while Mr McDonagh was on bail, granted in February 2021.

A second charge states that the accused behaved in a threatening or abusive manner on occasions between the same dates by breaking two mobile phones and making threats to kill the alleged victim's relatives.

Mr McDonagh, whose address was listed as Folkestone, pleaded not guilty and a trial was set for mid-April. Bail was continued.