Ten month sentence for assault and criminal damage

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A Derry man who assaulted his partner then trashed her flat has been jailed for 10 months at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Philip Deveney (25) of Meridian Apartments in Derry admitted the assault and causing criminal damage to the flat, stealing a mobile phone and burglary on October 31.

The court heard that the defendant and his partner had been drinking and were walking close to Pilot’s Row Community Centre.

Deveney pushed the woman causing her to fall and then when she got up he slapped her on the face and then threw her phone to the ground damaging it.

He then left and a short time later police were called to the woman’s flat and found rubbish tipped over it, damage caused to a TV, mobile phones and toiletries thrown into the bath.

While there the defendant phoned the woman and told her he had been in the flat with another woman.

When interviewed about the offences Deveney said it was his flat and asked how could that be robbery.

He denied assaulting the woman.

Defence solicitor Mr. Keith Kyle said his client was under no illusion about what sentence he was going to get.

He said there had been tension in the relationship and Deveney had been drinking all day.

The solicitor said the relationship was now over.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that offences of domestic violence had to be reflected in any sentence passed.

Deveney was sentenced to 10 months in prison.