Domestic assault caught on CCTV

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A 29-year-old reported himself to police after he was told he had assaulted his girlfriend, a court has heard.

John Healy, of College View, pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault on May 25th.

Derry Magistrates Court heard Healy contacted police because he found out he had assaulted his girlfriend, but he couldn’t remember anything.

The injured party then made a statement to police

She said they had been having an argument before the assault and Healy had pushed her to the ground, pushed her against the wall and smashed a glass.

The woman sustained a black eye, bruising to her arms and a small cut to her toe as a result of the incident. The relationship ended after the assault.

CCTV of the incident was played to the court.

Defence Counsel, Nicola Coulter, said that domestic incidents like this are shocking to the court because ‘they usually demonstrate underlying pattern of behaviour.’

However, she told the court this was an ‘isolated incident’ and Healy had no history of domestic violence in any relationship.

She added that the 29-year-old realises there is ‘no justification for the level of violence used’ on this occasion and it is a huge source of regret to him.’

District Judge Barney McElholm said Healy has shown ‘genuine remorse’ and a ‘willingness to change.’

The judge ordered the 29-year-old to spend two years on probation and to complete 100 hours community service. He also imposed a £250 Compensation Order.