Accused of hitting ex-partner over head with wine bottle

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A man has appeared in court accused of hitting his ex-partner over the head with a full wine bottle.

Glen Michael Smith, whose address was given on court papers as no fixed abode, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on July 27.

He is further charged with possessing cannabis on August 13.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrate’s Court he believed he could connect the 38-year-old to the charges.

The court heard that police responded to a 999 call in the Galliagh area of the city and the alleged injured party claimed she had been assaulted by her ex-partner.

She claimed that she had been hit over the head and knocked unconscious and while she didn’t see her ex-partner do it, the incident was allegedly witnessed by their 12-year-old daughter.

The officer said the girl had claimed the woman was hit over the head with a full bottle of wine, however the child wouldn’t provide a statement to police.

The court was told Smith was arrested and during police interview provided a prepared statement in which he denied the offences.

Opposing bail, the officer said police fear Smith would commit further offences as he has a relevant criminal record and there is a 10 year domestic violence history with the alleged victim.

It was revealed that the defendant has over 100 previous convictions.

The officer said police also feared the 38-year-old would interfere with witnesses.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said the proposed bail address was in the Waterside area of the city. He urged the court to grant bail with stringent conditions, including a ban on entering the cityside if necessary.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail, stating Smith is “obviously a violent, lawless individual.”

He added he had “absolutely no confidence” the 38-year-old would adhere to bail conditions.

Smith was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on September 6.