Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Domestic violence man ‘a disgrace’

A man with 56 previous convictions, including 12 for domestic violence, was told by a judge in Londonderry that he is an “absolute disgrace” after he was again charged with beating his ex-partner.





Thomas McNair (43), of Hawkin Street in Derry, was charged with assaulting the woman on August 13.

The court was told that police received a call from the injured party's 10-year-old daughter claiming that McNair was attacking her mother.

When police arrived, the injured party had a split lip and swelling to her face.

McNair was arrested and at interview admitted to some actions, but said he could not remember the rest.

A police officer opposed bail and said McNair had a long record of offences.

He told the court that after one recent offence, McNair had left the same injured party with 19 stitches to her head.

District Judge McElholm said McNair was an “absolute disgrace” and that on the last two occasions he had appeared he had received terms of imprisonment for domestic violence.

He said there was a serious risk of further offences. McNair was remanded in custody to appear by videolink on September 8.

At the same court, a 21-year-old man was fined £750 when he admitted punching his partner on the face during a domestic incident in Derry earlier this year.

Kiral Cian McGilloway, from Drumbane Gardens in the Waterside area, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on May 16.

A prosecution solicitor told the court that when the police were called to a domestic incident in the early hours of the morning, the injured party told them that during an altercation with the defendant, he'd grabbed her by the arm and punched her on the left side of her face, resulting in swelling and bruising.

The solicitor said the police found the defendant upstairs with injuries to his left hand when they arrived.

Mr McElholm also imposed a restraining order on a Polish man ordering him “not to pester, harass, molest, threaten or intimidate his ex-partner for a period of seven years”.

Adam Borczky (32), from Old Fort in Strathfoyle, admitted punching his then partner in her home on December 31.

Borczyk was fined £200 and ordered to pay £300 compensation to his former partner.

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