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Man allegedly 'tried to choke partner after she woke him over text message'

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly twice tried to choke his partner after she woke him over a text message found on his phone, the High Court heard today.

Darrel Shaw punched and dragged the woman about by the hair, smashing up the inside of her home, prosecutors claimed.

He later claimed to have no memory of the alleged attack in Magherafelt, Co Derry last week.

Shaw, 21, of Crawfordsburn, Maghera, faces charges of assault and criminal damage.

He was granted bail but banned from entering Magherafelt or contact with the alleged victim.

Police were alerted when the 25-year-old woman arrived at the station sangar in the early hours of February 16 to report the incident.

She claimed to have woken Shaw that morning after reading a text message on his phone.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said that after being confronted the accused pushed her, smashing the glass in two doors.

The woman was allegedly chased into her bedroom, grabbed by the hair and thrown onto the bed.

"She said he climbed on top of her and attempted to choke her with one of his hands," Mr Maguire told the court.

According to her account she wriggled free and ran outside, only to be caught and dragged back into the house by her hair.

Shaw punched her to the face and again tried to choke her before she escaped, it was claimed.

Police found her boyfriend asleep on a living room sofa amid the broken glass, Mr Maguire added.

Defence counsel revealed that Shaw had been beaten up and suffered a suspected broken nose while out in the town earlier that night.

He then returned home with his partner and fell asleep.

His barrister added: "He recalls being woken up and the injured party challenging him about this text message.

"Thereafter he seems to have very limited recollection of what happened."

Granting bail, Mr Justice Burgess also imposed a curfew and prohibited Shaw from having a mobile phone.

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