Man accused of assaulting ex-partner

A 22-year-old has appeared in court accused of “slapping” his ex-partner after finding out she was “with another man”.

Thomas James O’Donnell, of Canterbury Park, is charged with common assault and breaching a non-molestation order on August 17.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that the woman return home at around 1.30pm to find O’Donnell in her home, in breach of a court order.

The woman claimed he tried to talk to her to “rekindle their relationship” and allegedly slapped her in the face.

During police interview, O’Donnell denied slapping the alleged injured party, but said there was a physical altercation between them where they “pulled and pushed each other”.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said there was a significant domestic history and police fear the 22-year-old would interfere with witnesses.

The officer also alleged that O’Donnell made a number of threats against the woman while in police custody.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the relationship between the couple was “very much active and on-going” and claimed the woman had waived her rights to the non-molestation order.

He said O’Donnell found out the woman had allegedly “been with another man” and an argument broke out,

During the hearing, the 22-year-old wept in the dock and told the court he had gone to the house to celebrate his son’s birthday.

Deputy District Judge Terence Dunlop released O’Donnell on his own bail of £250 to appear in court again next month.