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Man who allegedly threatened to cut up his former partner, her new partner and her unborn child refused bail at Derry Magistrates Court

BY EAMONN MacDERMOTT

A man who allegedly threatened to cut up his former partner, her new partner and her unborn child with a machete has been refused bail.

James Donegan (25), whose address was given as HMP Magilligan, was charged at Derry Magistrates Court with making two threats to kill on August 7.

District Judge Barney McElholm said: "What sort of creature phones someone from prison and threatens to cut up their unborn child?"

The court was told that Donegan is a sentenced prisoner who is due for release this Thursday.

A police officer told the court that on August 7 they received a complaint from the injured party that her ex-partner, Donegan, had threatened to kill her and her new partner, as well as her unborn child, in a phone call from jail.

She said he said he would cut them up with a machete.

The alleged injured party had just found out she was six weeks pregnant and Donegan had been informed of this by his family.

Donegan was interviewed about the threats and claimed they were made in the heat of the moment.

The police officer told the court that the injured party was in fear of what could happen if Donegan was released.

She told police that Donegan used to keep a machete under his bed.

The officer said that the injured party might withdraw her statement, as she believed that to go ahead might make things worse, but that the case could proceed as Donegan accepted the threats were made and there was a recording of the call.

Judge McElholm refused bail and Donegan was held in custody to appear again on October 24.

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