Assaulted wife with broken lamp

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

A 41-year-old man who hit his wife in the face with a broken lamp has received a suspended sentence.

Ronald Alexander Brolly, of Bonds Hill, pleaded guilty to common assault and harassment between January 17 and February 5.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that a neighbour phoned police to report a domestic incident which had been going on for over half an hour.

Police attended and the injured party said she had been assaulted by her husband.

She said he had hit her in the face with a broken lamp and slapped her with his hand.

The court heard the woman sustained a small mark on her eye and was in ‘extreme discomfort and pain’ because a fragment of the lamp was lodged in her eyelid.

The woman also made an allegation of harrassment a couple of weeks later. She said she had received numerous phone calls, text messages and Facebook messages from her husband.

Defence counsel Nicola Rountree told the court her client had consumed a ‘large amount of alcohol’ on the night of the assault.

She said there was an argument and both parties had ‘lost their temper’.

Ms Rountree said the assault occurred in the heat of the moment and Brolly did not intend to hurt his wife.

The barrister added that Brolly is a ‘vulnerable individual’ who has alcohol issues and has attended anger management counselling in the past.

Suspending a three month sentence for a year, District Judge Peter King said there is nothing in Brolly’s record to ‘suggest you are a violent person or prone to harassing people’.