Accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend

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A 39-year-old man has appeared in court accused of assaulting his ex-partner and ‘smashing up’ her home.

Terence Edward Doherty, of Dunluce Court, pleaded guilty to common assault, criminal damage and assault on police.

The charges relate to an incident in the Barrs Lane area of the city on July 12.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the injured party called police and reported that her ex-partner has ‘smashed her house up’.

Officers arrived and found Doherty, who was highly intoxicated and bleeding heavily from a wound to his hand.

The woman reported that the 39-year-old had arrived to pick up their son earlier that day. She went upstairs with her other children and about an hour later heard noises downstairs.

The court heard Doherty came into the bedroom and she asked him to leave because he was drunk.

He then pulled her off the bed by the shoulders and said to the children, ‘do you want to see your mammy thrown downstairs?’

The court heard the 39-year-old threw a hoover down the stairs, causing it to break. He also threw a £600 iPhone on the floor, smashing the screen.

The injured party managed to push Doherty out of her home and he began kicking the front door.

He also broke several panes of glass in the window by using his head, his fist and a pole.

The court heard the 39-year-old lay down in the front garden and fell asleep. He was arrested a short time later.

Doherty was taken to hospital to receive treatment to a wound, however his behaviour was ‘so poor’ staff asked for him to be removed.

He was allowed back into the hospital to use the bathroom and spat at an officer when he refused to remove a set of handcuffs. The court also heard he spat blood at the arm of a second officer.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said Doherty has 149 previous convictions including nine for common assault and 24 for criminal damage.

She told the court police feared the 39-year-old will commit further offences.

A defence solicitor said his client had an alcohol dependency but had been receiving treatment for it.

He added Doherty was currently on bail awaiting sentence for unrelated matters and did not breach the conditions of this bail.

District Judge John Meehan said that was of ‘no comfort to the woman and children’.

Judge Meehan added ‘plenty of people get drunk without beating up women and children’.

He refused bail and said the risk of interference with witnesses was ‘too great in my view’.

Doherty was remanded in custody to appear in court again on July 24.