Man accused of assaulting partner

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court accused of assaulting his partner and locking her in their home.

Paul Christopher Burke, of Copperthorpe, Drumahoe, is charged with common assault, making a threat to kill and false imprisonment.

He is further accused of theft of £120 and criminal damage to a bank card on January 3.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations the woman was in a ‘highly distressed state and very dishevelled’ when police responded to her 999 call.

She told police she had been locked in the house by her partner and he had assaulted her.

The court heard that during the alleged assault, Burke threw the woman to the ground, placed a foot on her throat and pulled her up by the hair.

She claims the 25-year-old told her ‘I will strangle you to death’.

Burke is also alleged to have stolen £120 in cash from the woman and cut up her bank card.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police fear Burke will interfere with the alleged injured party.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client denies the allegations and claims he was the one assaulted.

District Judge Barney McElholm release Burke on bail with a number of conditions, including a ban on contacting the woman.

He will appear in court again next month.