Defendant is ‘clearly a danger to women’

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A 28 year-old man accused of a ‘horrific’ domestic assault was refused bail at the local magistrates court earlier this week.

Lee James Anthony Healy, of Spencer Road, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on November 22.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 28-year-old allegedly assaulted his partner after they had an argument about a letter she received from Women’s Aid.

The complainant alleges Healy grabbed her by the arm, forced her onto a sofa and questioned her about this letter, which he opened.

She claims he then punched her about the head and she believes she was knocked unconscious as a result. The court heard allegations that during the assault Healy told his girlfriend she had made him do it and that he also made threats.

One of the threats he allegedly made was ‘see that girl with acid in her face. I will do worse than that to you’.

As a result of the assault the woman was left with bruising to her legs, her arm and behind her ear. She claims that she fled from the flat through a window and ‘sought solace’ at the Women’s Aid shelter.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said Healy is a ‘volatile individual’ who has a domestic violence history with other partners.

She added that the alleged injured party described him as a bully, who would not allow her to wear certain types of clothing, to have a mobile phone or to leave the flat without him.

The officer said police have fears he would commit further offences of a domestic nature as he is a ‘high risk domestic abuser’.

She added that in order to provide some security to the alleged injured party, the 28-year-old should be remanded in custody.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said his client denies the offences and could be released on bail with conditions.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said Healy is ‘clearly a danger to women’ because of the ‘extensive history of domestic violence’.

He said there is ‘far, far too great a risk of further offences’ to release the 28-year-old on bail. Healy will appear in court again via videolink on December 12.