‘Victim’ accused of assaulting ex-partner

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A woman who was allegedly the victim of a ‘sustained campaign of abuse and harassment’ has appeared in court accused of assaulting her ex-partner.

Geraldine McNamee, of Fahan Street, is further charged with possessing a knife with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and making a threat to kill.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the early hours of November 8th.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court he believed he could connect the 28-year-old to the charges.

Police opposed bail for fear of further offences.

The court heard allegations that police received three separate 999 calls stating that McNamee was holding a knife to the throat of her ex-partner.

The first call came from the defendant’s mother. She was not in the property, but told police her daughter had phoned her and told her what was happening.

The second call allegedly came from the defendant herself.

She allegedly admitted to police that she was holding knife to the man’s throat and was heard ‘squealing and shouting threats at the top of her voice’.

It is alleged she could be heard saying ‘I will f****** kill you’ and told police she had just kicked the man.

Police then received a third 999 call from the defendant’s mother who had gone to the flat in Lisfannon Park.

She alleged her daughter had a knife and was making threats.

Officers attended and McNamee was allegedly seen with the knife in her hand, holding it above her head in a ‘threatening way.’

Police drew their firearms, pointing them at the defendant and ordered her to drop the knife.

The court heard she did this and kicked it towards the officers.

During police interview, McNamee claimed she had been having a few drinks with a friend earlier that evening when she saw the alleged injured party outside her flat.

She contacted police but felt they ‘did not do enough to help her’ when they arrived.

The court heard she ‘decided to take matters into her own hands’ and went to the man’s address with the knife.

She allegedly said she did this to scare him ‘because he has scared her in the past with domestic violence.’

The investigating officer confirmed McNamee has no previous convictions and her only dealings with police has been as a victim.

He also confirmed that the alleged injured party had attended court that morning in a drunken state wishing to speak to McNamee. The officer also revealed that an eye witness claimed the man was ‘smirking and laughing’ as McNamee made the threats against him.

Defence solicitor, Michael McGee, said his client has been the ‘victim of a sustained campaign of abuse and harassment by the injured party’. He said on this night in her drunken state the 28-year-old ‘felt she had had enough’.

The solicitor added McNamee is a ‘vulnerable’ mother of three and is ‘very much the victim in this whole thing’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said this case ‘shows the need for a domestic violence register so police have ready access to these sort of details’. He granted bail to McNamee with a number of conditions. These include a ban on her contacting the alleged injured party and not to go within 200m of his home.

She is also banned from consuming alcohol and from entering the Bogside beyond the Lecky Road.

McNamee will appear in court again on November 26.