Jailed for six months after headbutting ex

A 35-year-old Derry man who headbutted his ex-partner causing “extensive injuries” to her nose has been jailed for six months.

Martin Browne of Carlisle Road appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court on Friday to be sentenced for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Browne had contested the charges - and his defence solicitor told the court “that position has not changed” despite him being found guilty of the offence by the city’s District Judge.

The court heard on Friday how a report was made to police on March 4 last year by a third party that Browne had assaulted his ex-partner.

The assault occured following a verbal altercation between Browne and the injured party at her home. The court heard that Browne struck out at his former partner, headbutting her.

The injured party suffered what the prosecution described as “extensive injuries” to her nose and she had to undergo a procedure, under general anaesthetic, to treat the injuries.

The court was told that Browne had made a counter complaint at the time of the offence and had told police that his former partner had leant in towards him and struck his head as she did so, causing the injury to her face.

A solicitor for Browne said his client “still completely denies this offence.

“He still maintains his position.”

It was claimed that Browne’s ex partner had been acting in “a violent manner” towards him and he had been covering his face with his hands when she sustained her injury, the solicitor said.

He went on to say that his client suffers greatly from depression and alcohol addiction but that following this incident he has referred himself for help in dealing with his drink problem.

He added that Browne had three children and that any period of incarceration was likely to have a negative effect on his relationship with them.

District Judge Barney McElholm jailed Browne for six months. He also put in place a restraining order, banning the defendant from harrassing his former partner. The restraining order will be in place for a period of five years.