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Restaurateur who attacked wife and threatened to kill her stays on bail

By George Jackson

A prominent Londonderry restaurateur has pleaded guilty at the city’s Magistrates Court to assaulting his wife with a kitchen knife in their home last year.

The case against Louis Raphael McLoughlin (54) had been listed for hearing before District Judge Barney McElholm.

However, before the case started the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting his wife Caroline, threatening to kill her and possessing a knife with intent to commit an indictable offence.

McLoughlin committed the offences on June 2 last year in the then family home.

At an earlier bail hearing a|police officer told the court that the complainant had said |there had been “a history of |domestic abuse which she has not reported”.

He said the police were alerted to the incident in question by Mrs McLoughlin’s sister.

The officer said when the police arrived at the family's Limavady Road home they had to force their way into the house through the back door. Inside they found the complainant who was in a distressed condition.

The police witness said the woman had a small cut to her right hand and other bruises which she said had been inflicted on her by her husband.

The complainant told the police that her husband of almost 30 years had carried out the assaults on her for over an hour and that he also threatened to kill her several times.

The officer said Mrs McLoughlin said that her husband had locked the doors of the house and had put the 12-inch kitchen knife to her throat on a number of occasions.

Yesterday, a defence|barrister said while McLoughlin had several previous convictions, they were for motoring matters only.

The barrister requested the preparation of a pre-sentence report because of what he called “the severity of the offences”.

Mr McElholm granted the request and adjourned sentencing until March 8.

In the meantime, McLoughlin was released on continuing bail until that date.

His bail conditions, which were imposed by the High Court, state that he must continue to reside at an agreed bail address at|Moneyrannel Road in Limavady, that he must not contact his wife and that he can only enter the city side of Derry for the purposes of visiting his business premises.

Further bail conditions for McLoughlin are that he must only use the Foyle Bridge to enter the city side, he must not use the Limavady Road, and he must stay out of the Waterside area of the city.

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