Assault bail application adjourned

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

A judge has refused to release a man accused of a domestic assault to live at the home of the alleged injured party.

District Judge Peter King said he would ‘not be responsible’ for releasing 36-year-old William James Patrick Kelly to the same home as the woman and her young children.

Kelly, whose address was given on court papers, is charged with common assault on April 21.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard allegations that he shouted at the woman, ‘burst’ into her bedroom and threw an iPad at her head.

The alleged incident took place when her two young children were in the house and they were ‘upset’.

The court also heard that the woman told police she was ‘frightened and terrified’ of Kelly.

However, she has since withdrawn her statement of complaint and has been visiting him in prison.

District Judge King called the woman to give evidence during the bail application and she described her partner of three months as a ‘kind and caring person’.

She told the court she was ‘angry and annoyed’ when she reported the matter to police but withdrew her statement when she calmed down.

The woman also claimed it had been accident.

District Judge King then asked her if she came to this conclusion after visiting Kelly in prison before saying ‘good grief’.

The judge adjourned the bail application to allow Kelly to find an alternative address.

The 36-year-old will appear in court again next week.