Jailed for assaulting girlfriend

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A 43-year-old man who assaulted his girlfriend has been jailed for two months.

Paul Martin Pius Kelly, whose address was given as Damien House, pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault on March 5.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to John Street after a female was assaulted.

Officers spoke to the injured party in Foyle Haven and she said her partner of two years had hit her to the right side of her face.

She sustained a red mark to her face as a result of the assault.

The injured party then refused to make a formal statement to police, however the court heard the incident was caught on CCTV.

Kelly was arrested and made no comment during police interview.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the relationship between the 43-year-old and the injured party is ‘marked by excess consumption of alcohol on both sides’.

He said the assault was ‘one slap’ and the woman did not proceed with the complaint.

Mr MacDermott told the court his client received a three month sentence earlier this year for a similar offence and is due to be released from prison on July 19.

He urged the court not to interfere with this release date as Kelly has ‘all sorts of health issues’ and finds prison ‘difficult’.

District Judge Barney McElholm jailed Kelly for two months.