Accused of assaulting disabled child

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A 46-year-old man has appeared in court accused of assaulting a disabled child.

John Gorman, of 33 Canterbury Park, is charged of assaulting the six-year-old girl on February 19 and February 26.

He is also accused of assaulting his ex-partner, the girl’s mother, on February 25.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the man allegedly held a plastic wrapper over the girl’s head and on a different occasion held a deflated balloon over her mouth.

Gorman denies the offences and during police interview he claimed he was taking the plastic wrapper away from the girl.

The 46-year-old also told police that he had the balloon and had blown it up to amuse the girl.

It was revealed Gorman had been in a relationship with the girl ‘ s mother for three years.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police had concerns about the safety of the woman and her daughter.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client is “absolutely abhorred at any suggestion he committed these offences.”

District Judge Barney McElholm released Gorman on his own bail of £500 and ordered to live at an address in Belfast.

He was banned from contacting the alleged injured parties and banned from entering Derry, except for court appearances.

The 46-year-old will appear in court again on March 8.