Domestic assault accused remanded

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A man accused of assaulting his partner allegedly pulled out patches of her hair, a court has heard.

Martin McShane, of Dunfield Terrace, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of a restraining order on August 13.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard claims the injured party was grabbed by the hair and punched several times.

She allegedly suffered extensive bruising and three large patches of hair were pulled out.

Opposing the bail application, an investigating officer said police had fears McShane will try to interfere with the witness.

She told the court there was a ‘significant domestic history’ and violence in this relationship ‘has been constant’ for the last three years.

The officer said police also had fears the 40-year-old woukd not adhere to bail conditions and he had shown ‘blatant disregard’ for court orders in the past.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client denied the offences.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused the application and McShane was remanded in custody until November 12.

He said there was a ‘serious and substantial domestic violence history between these two, it is not all one way.

‘I wouldn’t be satisfied this man would not commit further offences. I have no confidence he will adhere to conditions’.