Charged with trying to set partner on fire

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A Derry man, charged with subjecting his partner to a brutal assault in which he is alleged to have attempted to set her on fire, has been refused bail.

Derry’s Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday how Raymond McGlinchey (28), with an address at Cornshell Fields, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning following reports of a domestic assault at a house in the Strathfoyle area of the Waterside.

A police officer told the court that when police arrived at the house they first noted a strong smell of bleach, and a number of damp spots on the floor.

Police also noticed what appeared to be spots of blood on the door and on curtains.

The alleged injured party told police McGlinchey had consumed nine pints of beer and a two litre bottle of cider before punching her around the face five or six times.

She then alleged he had taken a kitchen knife and had tried to cut her hands, before dragging her across the floor by her hair.

She claimed the defendant had then poured bleach over her hair, clothes and across the carpet before telling her he would set her on fire. However, police were also informed that when McGlinchey tried to ignite the bleach using a lighter, it would not catch fire.

Police at the scene noted that the alleged victim had cuts to her hands, bruises to her face and was covered in bleach.

When arrested McGlinchey denied all the allegations, claiming he had been acting defensively and that his partner had tried to attack him.

Objecting to bail, the police witness described the incident as “very serious indeed.”

He said police considered McGlinchey “a danger to women” and he would be concerned that, if released, he would offend again.

The officer added that McGlinchey was currently on bail in relation to another case in which he is alleged to have assaulted a former partner.

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“almost a mirror image” of what police had been told by the alleged injured party.

“He would say she started it,” Mr Quigley said. “He was attacked. She had a piece of glass and was trying to cut him. During the struggle they fell. She got the bleach.”

He said his client also sustained a number of injuries resulting from the incident - including bruising to his neck and chest - and that the alleged injured party had also been drinking on the night of the incident.

District Judge, Mr. Barney McElholm, said that both versions of events would have to be tested before the court.

However he added: “A man on bail who has as one of his conditions that he is not to drink alcohol has, on this occasion, consumed an inordinate amount of alcohol and then become involved in a serious altercation.”

Mr. McElholm said he would not trust McGlinchey to stick to any bail conditions imposed on him and was concerned the defendant would interfere with witnesses.

Bail was denied and McGlinchey will appear again at Derry Magistrate’s Court on November 12, via videolink.