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Derry man punched partner and told her he would 'end her life' after being roused from his sleep, court hears

A woman who had previously suffered a brain haemorrhage was allegedly attacked by her partner and told he would "end her life", the High Court heard on Wednesday.

Derry man Geoffrey Doherty, 38, is accused of punching her and issuing threats after she roused him from his sleep.

The alleged attack occurred at a house they were sharing in January this year.

During a bail application prosecution counsel Kate McKay said the woman claimed Doherty, of Moyglass Place in Strathfoyle, had fallen asleep at the kitchen table.

According to her initial account she grabbed him by the arm in a bid to get him to go to bed.

But he responded by punching the woman twice after she went over to a sofa, it was claimed.

Mrs McKay told the court: "She said he threatened to 'knock whatever teeth you have down your throat'."

Doherty also allegedly told the woman: "I will end your life this time, you b******."

It was revealed in court that the complainant suffered a brain haemorrhage three years ago.

She was said to be worried that any blow to her head could be fatal.

Although the woman has since withdrawn her complaint, Doherty is still currently charged with threats to kill and common assault.

Defence counsel stressed that Doherty has not approached his partner since she made a statement withdrawing her complaint.

He described his client as a "highly intelligent" man who has had a long-standing drink problem.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Treacy imposed an alcohol ban and ordered Doherty to have no contact with his partner.

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