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Derry man Anthony Coll accused of domestic assaults refused bail

By Eamonn MacDermott

A woman was found half naked and covered in blood in the street, a court has heard. Details of the alleged assault in Londonderry emerged during a bail application at the city's Magistrates Court yesterday.

Anthony Coll (31), of Lislane Drive in Derry, is charged with assaulting the woman occasioning actual bodily harm, assaulting her, assaulting police and resisting police.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred on December 7 and 10 last year.

The court heard that the police were contacted after the woman was seen wearing only tracksuit bottoms and covered in blood in the street.

When police arrived they were told the woman had been taken to a nearby house.

She told them that the defendant, her partner, and herself had been drinking and then Coll had left and she had gone to bed.

She said she was later woken up by Coll knocking at the door and she let him in.

The woman alleged she was pulled from the bed by Coll and punched repeatedly.

She said she went into the bathroom and he followed her in and grabbed her by the throat.

The woman claimed she ran into the street, adding that Coll must have pulled her top off during the assault.

When he was arrested, Coll said they had been drinking and four males had entered the house and asked to join them.

He said he tried to get them to leave, but a fight then ensued.

He claimed that the woman's injuries must have happened when she fell, but he admitted being abusive in the past.

The police officer opposed bail, claiming that they feared further offending.

He said there were allegations that Coll had punched the woman in the stomach when she was pregnant. The officer also said the address being put forward was too close to the alleged injured party.

Defence barrister Eoghain Devlin said that conditions could be applied that would prevent contact and added that Coll had spent a significant time in custody.

Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said that if the application had been to an address a good distance away it would "have been irresistible".

But he added that there was an extremely high risk of reoffending on Coll's behalf. He refused bail and Coll will appear again in court on May 18.

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