Man (33) with 141 convictions refused bail at Derry court

A man accused of assaulting his partner’s mother has been refused bail at the local Magistrate’s Court.

Dean Raymond William McDaid, of Glenbank Walk, Limavady, is charged with burglary, common assault, making a threat to kill, possessing an offensive weapon and assaulting police.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on October 2.

The 33-year-old is also charged with offences of theft, handling stolen goods and driving offences from September this year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard McDaid, who has 141 previous convictions, went to his partner’s house after they fell out.

McDaid allegedly forced his way into the house and knelt on his partner’s mother - a 64-year-old woman.

The court heard claims that he also threatened to kill his partner by slitting her throat. However, it was revealed the woman has withdrawn her statement of complaint about this.

The 33-year-old is also accused of stealing rolls of copper wiring, a trailer and a van. He was on bail for these alleged offences when he was accused of the assault and threats.

The court heard allegations that police went to McDaid’s address and he was found cutting up the copper wire.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police were concerned McDaid would commit further offences or try to interfere with witnesses. He added that a proposed bail address in Portrush was unsuitable.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said he could “conceive of not one single bail condition he would stick to”.

McDaid was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on January 9.