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Lottery winner in court on charges of assaulting lover

By George Jackson

Published 27/08/2015

Ryan Magee is charged with twice assaulting the woman on August 1 and twice assaulting her on August 2
Ryan Magee is charged with twice assaulting the woman on August 1 and twice assaulting her on August 2

A man who won £6.4m in the EuroMillions seven years ago only to blow it has appeared before the Magistrates Court in Londonderry charged with assaulting his partner earlier this month.

Ryan Magee (34), from Monnaboy Road in Eglinton, is charged with twice assaulting the woman on August 1 and twice assaulting her on August 2.

A charge that he attempted to render her insensible, unconscious or incapable of resistance by choking her on August 1 was withdrawn by a solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service.

At his first appearance hearing before District Judge Barney McElholm, the defendant (right) spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth and to say that he understood the nature of the four charges.

The prosecution solicitor said it was a domestic violence case and that there might well be a withdrawal statement at a later date.

The defendant was released on continuing police bail until the case is reviewed at the Domestic Violence Court on September 29.

As part of his bail conditions he was ordered not to have any contact with his partner.

The father-of-one scooped the Lottery in 2008 when he bought 11 tickets in four different towns after getting a feeling he would win.

He purchased his winning ticket at a post office near Strabane, Co Tyrone, and was one of 16 people across Europe to share a £96m jackpot.

One of the first things the IT consultant did was order a new £170,000 Ferrari 458 Italia sportscar. He later crashed it in treacherous conditions. The car careered through a barbed wire fence, snapped several large wooden posts, bounced over rocks and ended up nose-first in a bog.

He was also forced to sell his luxury home after he split up with his wife and his business crashed. The five-bedroom detached house, in Eglinton on the outskirts of Derry, is up for sale with a guide price of £450,000.

The spacious country mansion is described as a "superbly built family home with all the luxuries of a Hollywood star".

Billed as "every family's dream house", the luxury pile includes bespoke amenities such as an indoor swimming pool, steam room, 10-person hot tub and Champagne bar.

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