Man accused of assaulting wife refused bail

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A Limavady man accused of assaulting his wife has been refused bail at the local magistrates court.

David Gerald Ireland, of Sperrin Road in the town, is charged with common assault, disorderly behaviour and resisting police on October 27.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that police received a 999 call and heard a child calling ‘mammy’. Officers went to the address a short time later and the woman was found upstairs. She allegedly had red marks to her face and neck and marks from an imprint of a pendant on her chest.

Ireland was arrested and during interview claimed he couldn’t recall any incident with his wife.

It was revealed to the court the 29-year-old was jailed last year for a serious assault, in which he stood on a person’s head. He is currently on licence for this, however the court heard the licence has been revoked.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court the proposed bail address was too close to the alleged injured party. He added that Ireland has not addressed his issues with alcohol.

A defence solicitor told the court his client denies the offence and is willing to abide by any conditions the court could impose. The solicitor suggested Ireland could be banned from entering the part of town where his wife and family live and would avoid all contact with the alleged injured party.

Refusing bail, Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said it is ‘quite clear’ the 29-year-old has an alcohol problem and has ‘absolutely no control over his behaviour’.

The judge said the risk to Ireland’s wife and family is ‘too high to allow this man to be released on bail’. Ireland was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on November 28.