Ballykelly man accused of attempting to strangle girlfriend

A 24-year-old man has appeared at Derry Court accused of attempting to choke or strangle his girlfriend with intent to murder her.

Philip Henry Henson, of Kings Lane, Ballykelly, is also charged with possession of a knife, false imprisonment, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He is further charged with assaulting and resisting police officers and making a threat to kill them on October 1.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard claims that the 24-year-old grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and “squeezed really tightly”.

The alleged injured party believes she had “some sort of fit” at this stage and when she came round there was “white stuff coming out of her mouth”.

The court heard at one stage the 24-year-old allegedly told the woman: “You should have died when I strangled you”.

The court heard further claims Henson hit a police officer on the leg, headbutted him and bit him on the hand.

He also allegedly threatened to shoot two police officers stating: “I am going to shoot you and I am going to enjoy shooting you”.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said the relationship between the couple is now over and Henson would have no reason to be in contact with her as she lives in co.Donegal

Refusing bail, Deputy District Judge Mervyn Bates said he did not consider Henson to be a “suitable candidate for bail” and remanded Henson in custody to appear in court again later this month.