Accused with assault of girlfriend at Halloween

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

A teenager has appeared in court accused of breaking into his girlfriend’s house and assaulting her on Hallowe’en night.

Anthony Devine, of Glenabbey Street, is charged with burglary with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three charges of common assault.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the early hours of November 1.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations there is a domestic violence history between the couple, who have been together for two years.

It was revealed that on one occasion the police log shows Devine was the victim of domestic abuse.

At the weekend, the 19-year-old and his girlfriend went to an event in St Columb’s Hall and he allegedly assaulted her inside the club by pulling her hair and head butting her.

Devine allegedly pushed the woman up against railings outside the club before leaving the area.

Police were called and escorted the injured party home. She was allegedly ‘upset’ by the incident and was ‘in fear’ that the teen would come back to her house.

The court heard allegations that the woman went to bed and woke up to find Devine on top of her in the bed.

It was claimed the 19-year-old grabbed her by the throat, dragged her off the bed and into the kitchen of the house.

He also allegedly banged her head off the walls, pushed her over a table and tried to force her legs open.

The court heard allegations food was pushed in the woman’s face and her hair was wrapped around a kitchen utensil.

The woman claimed she ended up on the floor and Devine kicked her and pressed down on her.

During the alleged incident the woman said she scraped Devine in self-defence.

The court was told the 19-year-old was arrested outside the woman’s home. He denied assaulting the woman and claimed she was the aggressor.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said police believe Devine ‘poses a real risk to the injured party’.

She added that police also fear interference with witnesses and further offences.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said his client does not have a criminal record and he is ‘shocked and distressed to find himself in the police station and before the court’.

Mr Barr said the teen denies the offences and claims that he was the victim of domestic violence on this night.

He added that Devine sustained ‘substantial injuries’ including scrapes to his face and a bite mark to his arm.

District Judge Peter King released Devine on bail with a number of conditions, including a ban on contacting the alleged injured party and entering the area where she lives.

The 19-year-old will appear in court again on November 27.