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Derry man accused of 'battering' his partner refused bail, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A Derry man allegedly head-butted and spat on his sister as she tried to shield his under-attack partner, the High Court has heard.

James Doherty trailed her by the hair out of his home in a bid to continue last weekend's violent outburst, prosecutors claimed.

Details emerged as the 27-year-old, of Barnewall Place in the city, was refused bail.

Doherty is charged with two counts of common assault and resisting arrest.

Crown lawyer David McLean said the accused's sister phoned police in the early hours of September 3, alleging he had "battered" his partner.

She claimed that she lay across the other woman to protect her as Doherty lifted a coffee table above his head.

The court heard he allegedly dragged his sister up by the hair, head-butting and punching her as she tried to defend herself.

"He then pulled her out of the house and locked her out, spitting on her while he did so," Mr McClean claimed.

The assault was said to have continued when she was trailed back into the property, according to the prosecution.

Police called to the scene found Doherty apparently intoxicated and slurring his words.

Mr McLean also said limb restraints had to be used amid a struggle to take him into custody.

Madam Justice McBride refused bail amid concerns over possible re-offending and flight.

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