Five months in prison for domestic violence
A man has been jailed for five months after being convicted of harrassing, assaulting and stealing from his ex-partner.
35-year-old Ryan Hegarty of Glenabbey Drive in the city appeared before Derry Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
He faced a charge of harrassment, two counts of making threats to kill and two counts of common assault.
The court heard that the offences were committed against his ex-partner and against another man on dates between June and August, 2015.
It also emerged that an iPhone and £700 were stolen from Hegarty’s ex-girlfriend.
Defence Cousel for Ryan Hegarty, Mr Eoghan Devlin told the court that the defendant had a “significant record”. The barrister said that Hegarty admitted the offences against the other man but denied the charges against his former partner.
Eoghan Devlin told the court that Hegarty has a history of mental health issues and had “periodically used alcohol as a crutch.”
It was also stated that the root of Hegarty’s mental health problems are thought to have stemmed from a very traumatic incident which took place in his childhood.
Defence cousel also stated that there had been a gap of almost eight years since he had last committed a number of “fairly serious offences,” and that Hegarty had been assessed as someone considered to be suitable to take part in a probation programme.
However in response, District Judge Barney McElholm dismissed the idea that a period of probation was a suitable resolution for Ryan Hegarty.
Mr McElholm told the court: “I am somewhat surprised at the suggestion by Probation Services for a probation order.
“He shows no remorse and continually denies certain offences.
“Frankly, I don’t believe probation would ever get off the ground.
“He contested this and shows no remorse whatsoever. He also has a releavnt domestic violence record with three separate sets of offences against other partners.”
Judge McElholm sentencedthe defendant to five months in prison and imposed a restraining order of four years on him.
Ryan Hegarty was also ordered to pay a £25 offenders levy.