Stabbed wife and assaulted teenage son


A man who stabbed his wife and assaulted their teenage son is to be sentenced next week.

Thomas Fitzgerald O’Reilly, who has an address in Portrush, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm on his wife.

He also admitted common assault on November 11, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the incident took place in a mobile home in an isolated area of Dungiven.

The injured party told her husband that their 23 year marriage was over. The 45-year-old appeared to be ‘accepting’ of the break up.

The wife went to bed and O’Reilly stayed up with his son and began drinking.

In the early hours of the morning he armed himself with a knife and went into the bedroom.

It was revealed he caused ‘superficial injuries’ to his wife and assaulted their 16-year-old son when he intervened.

The injured party has requested a restraining order, to ban her husband from contacting her in the future.

Defence counsel Brian McCartney QC said his client has a ‘limited recollection’ of what happened because of the amount of alcohol consumed.

He said O’Reilly was in a ‘confused and emotional state’ and is ‘not a violent man’.

Mr McCartney urged the court to treat it as a ‘one off’ and said the 45-year-old was ‘unlikely to appear before the court again’.

Judge Philip Babington adjourned sentencing until Monday.