Assault accused remanded in custody


A judge has directed that social services get involved with children who allegedly witnessed ‘worrying levels of domestic violence’.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as 39-year-old Damien Anthony Burke appeared at the local magistrates court.

Burke, of Earhart Park, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing a class B drug on January 18.

The court heard that the alleged injured party has been in a relationship with Burke for 18 years and has made a withdrawal statement.

The court heard allegations that the assault took place in front of the couples’ children and their 12-year-old daughter made a ‘hysterical’ 999 call to police.

The injured party then spoke to the operator and said there was no requirement for police and her daughter had over-reacted.

Police attended and it is alleged the woman had bruising to her cheek and eye and had blood on her clothes and told officers ‘it wa her fault and she deserved it’.

Defence counsel said there was a proposed bail address two miles away from the family home.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail and remanded Burke in custody until February 12.

He then directed social services to visit the children as ‘no matter what the injured party is willing to put up with she shouldn’t be exposing her children to incidents like this’.