39-year-old charged with breach of court order

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man has appeared in court accused of breaching a restraining order which was granted after he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend.

Martin McShane, of Dunfield Terrace, is charged with breaching the restraining order and possessing cannabis on September 27.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that McShane is currently on bail for drug offences, including being concerned in the supply of diazepam.

Police went to his home on Saturday night to carry out a bail check and he refused to present himself at the door.

McShane was given a final warning to present himself to the door and when he did he had a joint in one hand.

The court was told when police searched the property they found the recipient of a restraining order against McShane, which banned him from having contact with her.

An investigating officer said the woman was ‘there of her own accord’ and was reconciling with McShane.

Police opposed bail and said the 39-year-old had shown ‘no consideration for bail conditions’.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client had fulfilled all other obligations of bail and the woman had sought advice about having the restraining order over-turned.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the order was granted after McShane kicked the woman to the stomach three or four times, when she was four months pregnant.

He added; “Quite why this woman thinks that this man is someone with whom she should have any connection with whatsoever is something only she can answer’.

The judge refused bail and McShane was remanded in custody until next month.