Threatened to assault sister


A man who threatened to ‘kick the baby out’ of his pregnant sister has been jailed for four months.

Gerard Terence Given, of Circular Road, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill on December 3, last year.

He also admitted causing damage to a door.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 24-year-old punched a door in the family home, leaving a ‘fist sized hole’ in it.

He was aggressive and threatened to kick his pregnant sister in the stomach.

The court also heard he said he would ‘put her in a brown box and kick the baby out of her’.

The injured party left the house and contacted police.

It was revealed to the court the 24-year-old is in breach of a suspended sentence for a different type of offence.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client accepts his behaviour was ‘entirely reprehensible’.

He told the court there was ‘family tensions’ at the time and Given and his sister have a ‘difficult relationship’.

Mr MacDermott said it was an ‘empty threat’ however the 24-year-old accepts it was ‘unpleasant’ for his sister to listen to.

He added that ‘fences have been mended’ and Given is speaking to his sister again.

Jailing Given, District Judge Barney McElholm said the 24-year-old ‘has a history of criminal damage and violent offences’.

He said ‘this was a particularly nasty incident and some of the things he said were quite reprehensible’.

Given was also ordered to pay a £25 offender levy.