‘This is what daddies do’ - shock claim

A man told his son “this is what daddies do to mammies” after assaulting his ex-partner, a court has heard.

Ian Jerry Thomas Cloete, of Clooney Mews, pleaded guilty to two breaches of a non-molestation order and common assault.

The offences occurred between August 20 and September 3, last year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the 35-year-old went to the woman’s house, in breach of the court order on August 28. He was in her back yard, appeared to be drinking and asked to come in.

However, the injured party refused him entry and he left a short time later.

A few days later, the woman found Cloete in her kitchen making himself coffee. When she asked him to leave he became agitated and threw the cup full of coffee granules over the floor.

The court heard the woman went to the bathroom and Cloete followed her, threatening her. He told the victim that she was “pushing my buttons” and when she tried to get him to calm down the 35-year-old punched her on the head.

A friend of the injured party then came to the house and tried to get the injured party to leave the house, however Cloete told her: “You are going nowhere.”

It was revealed that the victim’s child was present during the incident and Cloete told him: “You will be doing this when you are older. This is what daddies do to mammies, isn’t that right son?”

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client “deserves absolutely no credit for the way he behaved”.

He added that the 35-year-old’s behaviour was “scandalous”.

Mr Quigley said Cloete is “no stranger to the courts” and spent between four and six weeks on remand in relation to these charges.

Suspending a one month jail term for two years, Deputy District Judge Peter Magill told Cloete: “You have to understand that the court will in no way show leniency in cases of domestic violence. It is a blight on our society. Victims deserve to be protected and they will be”.