Drinks party for new baby ends in court

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A father accused of assaulting his partner and several others at a drinks party to celebrate the birth of his daughter has been given bail at Derry Magistrates Court.

Noel Cairns (20), of 23C Beechwood Avenue, is accused of assaulting his partner and her two sisters as well as another couple who were with them at the Gweedore Bar in Waterloo Street on Saturday, August 4. He is also accused of making a threat to destroy a home and disorderly behaviour motivated by race hate. The party was “out for a drink to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby” - the daughter of the accused - a police constable told the court.

He said Cairns became agitated and stated to his partner that he wished to go home before pushing her. He then struck two of his partner’s sisters, the constable said. As attempts were made to calm him down he assaulted a male and punched another female “causing swelling” on her temple, the officer said. When the injured parties attended the police station, the defendant arrived and became abusive.

The constable told the court that during Cairns’ arrest the accused shouted a racial insult at a passing taxi driver. He was released from police custody on bail but police received a call from one of the injured parties the next morning reporting that he was in breach of the conditions by being outside her home. The accused was later arrested.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client denied the charges against him and that he denied breaching bail. He said Cairns had difficulty with alcohol and his mental health, adding that he had been attending counselling. He applied for his client to be released on bail to reside with his parents.

District Judge Greg McCourt “reluctantly” released Cairns on bail of £500.