Man charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment remanded in custody

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A 30-year-old man has appeared in court accused of sexual assault and attempting to choke a woman.

Lee Martin James Healy, whose address was given on court papers as Spencer Road, faces a total of 23 charges allegedly committed between May 16 and November 3, last year.

They include charges of sexual assault, false imprisonment and attempting to choke, strangle or suffocate the alleged injured party.

Healy is further charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and breaching a restraining order.

During the hearing at Derry Magistrates Court Healy spoke only to confirm his details and that he understood the charges.

An investigating officer said that the 30-year-old has convictions for domestic violence and three women have made allegations against him in the recent past.

These women are deemed to be at high risk.

Bail was opposed for fear of further offences and fears that the 30-year-old would not adhere to conditions.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said his client admitted breaching the restraining order but denied the other offences.

He applied for Healy to be released on bail with stringent conditions.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail. He said if Healy admitted the serious offence of breaching a restraining order ‘how then could I possibly be convinced he would adhere to any condition of bail’.

He said that no bail address in the city would be suitable and in his opinion ‘Cork wouldn’t be far enough away’ from the alleged injured party.

The judge also ordered the Prison Service staff to ensure that Healy has no contact with the woman.

The 30-year-old will appear in court again via videolink on April 3.