Ripped girlfriend’s hair extensions out and punched her

A 24-year-old man who punched his girlfriend about the head and ripped her hair extensions out has been jailed.

Michael Anthony McDermott, of Dukes Lane, Ballykelly, pleaded guilty to common assault and possessing a kitchen knife on October 3, last year.

The court heard that the 24-year-old and his girlfriend were walking home in the early hours of the morning when he shoved her to the ground.

McDermott punched the injured party to the head, ripped her hair extensions out and pushed and shoved her home.

Once inside, he punched the woman again.

The court heard the woman left the house, however McDermott trailed her back inside.

The 24-year-old grabbed a large kitchen knife and made a threat towards the injured party’s mother.

She left the flat a second time and McDermott ran after her with the knife, but stopped short of a taxi office that the injured party went into to get help.

During interview, he said he couldn’t remember the incident because he had been drinking heavily and taking mephedrone.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said it was accepted the attack was ‘completely disgraceful’ and warranted an immediate custodial sentence. He urged the court to give McDermott credit for his guilty plea, which spared the injured party from giving evidence.

Jailing McDermott, District Judge Barney McElholm also imposed a restraining order for five years.