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Woman’s car blasted by shotgun, court told

By George Jackson

A court heard yesterday that a shotgun was fired at a car belonging to a woman who has been advised three times by police her life may be in danger.

Two men appeared at a special sitting of Derry’s Magistrate's Court charged with threatening to kill the 41-year-old and unlawfully detaining her in her home in the Springtown Road area last weekend.

Paul Cecil Hutcheon (32) and Gavin Thomas Deery (31), both from Glenowen Park, deny the charges.

Deery denies a further charge of assaulting a police officer.

About 20 people were in court for the remand hearing.

Two dozen police officers were also in court and a similar number were outside the Bishop Street courthouse.

A detective told District Judge Barney McElholm that a shotgun was fired at the woman's car last June and that, last June, July and in January of this year, as a result of information they had received, the police told the complainant that her life might be in danger.

“We have concerns about this woman's safety,” he said.

The police witness said that Hutcheon was alleged to have said to the complainant, “See you, you are dead” and that Deery allegedly said he “wanted her shot on sight”.

The pair were released on bail to reappear next month.

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