ICU patient allegedly assaulted by wife and sister ‘not making complaint’

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A man allegedly assaulted by his wife and sister while he was in an induced coma is not going to make a statement of complaint to police, a court has heard.

The claim was made by an investigating officer as 23-year-old Bridget Patricia Mongan appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court for breach of bail.

Mongan, of Stanley’s Walk, is charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault and disorderly behaviour.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Intensive Care Unit of Altnagelvin Hospital on January 4.

The court was told the 23-year-old had breached her bail eight days after she was released from custody by consuming alcohol and being drunk in the John Street area of the city.

The investigating officer told the court police would have ‘severe concerns’ about Mongan’s behaviour when she is under the influence of alcohol and have ‘no confidence’ she would abide by bail conditions. The officer confirmed to the court the alleged injured party, who has now been released from hospital, is not willing to make a statement of complaint.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client was an alcoholic and it was ‘one of these cases where the court must juggle the disease she suffers from with bail conditions’.

District Judge Barney McElholm released Mongan on bail, but warned her it was her ‘last chance’.

She was released on her own bail of £500 and banned from drinking anywhere but within the confines of her home. Mongan will appear in court again on March 13.