Court hears man ‘lied through his teeth’


A man who a judge said had ‘lied through his teeth’ has been jailed at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Owen Courtney (25) of Whitethorn Drive in Derry admitted two charges of assault and two of criminal damage that occurred on February 7 this year.

The court was told that the injured party, Courtney’s then partner, was in a bar on the outskirts of Derry as was the defendant.

The female left and started walking up the Buncrana Road and the defendant followed her.

He approached her from behind and started verbally abusing her before grabbing her by the arm and punching her in the face.

He eventually left but at 9am he arrived at the injured party’s address and demanded to be let in.

She saw he was still drunk and refused and he began kicking at doors and windows and at one point threatened to smash a window with a shovel.

He eventually kicked in the front door of the property which hit the injured party.

At interview Courtney admitted being in the bar but said he had little recollection after that.

When the assault was put to him he said it could have happened.

He accepted that he caused damage to the front door of the property and apologised for his behaviour.

Defence solicitor Mr. Keith Kyle said it was ‘an unpleasant set of facts’ and said it was mostly due to alcohol.

District Judge Barney McElholm said Courtney had ‘lied through his teeth’ and showed no acceptance of the underlying domestic violence issue and was blaming everything on alcohol.

He said there were many people with worse drink problems than Courtney’s who did not go round hitting women.

Courtney was sentenced to four months in prison and a restraining order imposed for a period of five years.