Man accused of damaging ex-partner’s home

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

A man accused of breaking into his ex-partner’s house and causing damage to it has been refused bail.

Stephen McCarron, of Moyola Drive, is charged with burglary with intent to cause damage, attempted criminal damage and making a threat to kill.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on February 27.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 31-year-old was already on police bail for an alleged assault on the injured party, where it is claimed he bit and hit her.

On Friday it is alleged he contacted her in breach of bail conditions and made threats to kill her.

A short time later, the woman phoned police to report McCarron was outside her home. He was allegedly kicking and banging the door to get in.

The 31-year-old left the scene before police arrived.

A further call was made to police in the early hours of the morning by a neighbour who reported someone causing damage to the woman’s home.

The neighbour was able to provide a description of the person responsible.

It is alleged red paint was splashed about the walls, two TV’s were damaged, windows were smashed and the front door was damaged.

The court heard further allegations that damage was caused to a sofa and a bed from urine and children’s toys and crockery were smashed.

McCarron was arrested and during police interview he denied the offences.

He claimed he had been at home at the time of the offences and provided police with a number of alibi witnesses.

The court heard allegations that there were flecks of red paint on McCarron’s hand and samples of these were taken for analysis.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the injured party has ‘had to flee the city in fear of the defendant’.

She added McCarron has 51 previous convictions, including six for burglary and six for damage, and police fear he will commit further offences.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said there is no record for domestic violence and because the injured party has left the city it will be ‘very difficult for him to contact her’.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said the alleged incident must have been ‘traumatic and frightening’ for the woman.

He added he would not consider releasing McCarron to an address in this city and refused bail for fear of further offences.

The 31-year-old will appear in court again via videolink later this month.