Assaulted his partner and teenage girl

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

A man who assaulted his partner and her teenage daughter has had a four month jail term suspended for two years.

Samuel Gerard Finlay, of Elmwood Street, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault between September and October this year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 30-year-old grabbed his partner by the throat during an argument. No injury was caused and the injured party later withdrew her statement of complaint.

However, Finlay had admitted the assault during police interview.

A month later he assaulted his partner’s 15-year-old daughter.

The court heard Finlay and his partner were arguing and the teenager stood up for her mother. The 30-year-old punched the girl in the head.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said his client is ‘deeply ashamed’ of his actions.

He added that Finlay and the injured party are still together and she ‘wants a future with him’.

The solicitor urged the court to consider that the assaults took place in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said unless the 30-year-old addresses anger management issues ‘he will be back before the court and if he is back he will go straight to prison’.

He said the teenage girl was ‘acting perfectly properly in standing up for her mother’ and ordered Finlay to pay her £200 compensation.