Wife was ‘fearful’ after attack by her estranged husband

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A Polish man has appeared in court accused of assaulting his estranged wife at Christmas.

Sylvester Tama, of New Street, Dungiven, was further charged with criminal damage and breaching a non-molestation order on December 26.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that the alleged injured party invited her estranged husband to her house for Christmas and an argument broke out when she asked him to leave.

The court was told the 40-year-old did leave the house but returned a short time later and broke windows at the house.

He also allegedly pushed his wife and grabbed her by the clothes. The court was told the woman was fearful that Tama would cause further damage or assault her.

During police interview, Tama admitted causing damage to the windows but ‘wasn’t aware’ that he had grabbed his wife because he was so drunk at the time. The 40-year-old also accepted he was in breach of a non-molestation order by being at the address.

An investigating officer told the court that a statement was taken from the alleged injured party and she told police she wished to withdraw her complaint.

The officer opposed bail because the proposed bail address was 50 metres away from the alleged injured party.

Defence solicitor Peter Jack said Tama has been living in Northern Ireland for the last six years and was a man who provides for his family. He added Tama wished to apologise to his wife. Tama was released on his own bail of £1,000 and will appear in court again on January 8.

He was banned from consuming alcohol, was ordered to abide by a curfew and banned from leaving Northern Ireland until the case is dealt with.