Domestic assault accused refused bail

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A 29-year-old man accused of assaulting his partner has been refused bail.

Anthony Coll, of Lislane Drive, is charged with common assault and disorderly behaviour.

The charges relate to two different alleged offences between September 11 and October 21.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the prosecution against Coll in respect of the assault relies on two statements from social workers.

It is alleged a social worker had noted bruising and redness on the woman’s face during a scheduled appointment.

The alleged injured party has refused to come to court to give evidence and has told police she is in fear of the 29-year-old when he consumes alcohol.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said Coll had a history of breaching bail and committing further offences whilst on bail.

She added that the alleged injured party was in the early stages of pregnancy and ‘at high risk of domestic violence’.

The officer said Coll has previously been accused of assaulting the woman whilst she was pregnant by allegedly kicking her in the stomach.

The court also heard that the proposed bail address, with the defendant’s mother, was unsuitable as it is alleged Coll has a history of violence towards his mother and other family members who reside at the address.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said his client had been in custody for a number of weeks and had ‘had some time to sober up’.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail for fear of further offences.

He said it was clear that when the couple get together Coll assaults the woman.

The judge added that ‘no address in the city would be suitable. He shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near this woman when she is in the early stages of pregnancy’.

Coll was remanded in custody to appear in court again via videolink on December 17.