'A danger to women' is accused of trying to set fire to his former partner
A man described as a "danger to women" has appeared in court accused of pouring bleach over his ex-partner and attempting to set fire to her.
The defendant, Raymond McGlinchey (28) from Cornshell Fields, denies attempting to cause his ex-partner grievous bodily harm with intent, possessing a kitchen knife with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm and he also denies causing criminal damage to her carpet.
A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that at 2.20am on Sunday the complainant reported to the police that she had been attacked by the defendant in her home in the Strathfoyle area of the city. When officers arrived at the house they detected a strong smell of bleach, bleach on her clothes and spots of blood on the living room carpet and curtains as well as broken glass on the floor.
The woman told the police that the defendant had attacked her following an argument after he'd consumed nine pints of beer and a two-litre bottle of cider.
The police witness said the woman alleged her former partner had punched her on the face, tried to cut her with a kitchen knife and dragged her around by her hair.
She also alleged that the defendant poured bleach over her, shouted at her that he was going to set her on fire and then took a lighter out of his pocket and attempted to set fire to her clothing.
The officer opposed bail saying that the allegations were serious and that the alleged incidents took place when the defendant was already on bail in relation to another similar assault on another former partner. He described the defendant as a danger to women.
Applying for bail defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said that after his arrest the defendant gave a mirror image of the complainant's version to the police. He said the complainant had attacked him with a piece of glass.
A medical officer examined the defendant and found bite marks on the bottom of his left leg and on his chest. He also had scrapes and bruising to his face and neck and cuts to his hands.
Mr Quigley said the defendant strenously denied all the charges and he said the complainant had more of a record for violence than the defendant, and that she had a number of matters currently before the court.
District Judge McElholm said it would be decided later whose injuries had been sustained defensively and whose injuries had been sustained offensively. "I would not trust this defendant to adhere to any bail conditions therefore bail is refused", he said.
The defendant was remanded for a video-link hearing on November 25.