Belfast Telegraph

Accused hit partner in front of her daughter, court told

By George Jackson

A nine-year-old girl ran screaming onto the street for help after she witnessed her mother being assaulted in her family home, a PSNI officer has told a court.

The officer was giving evidence at Londonderry Magistrates Court in the case of Dylan Power from Kiltawn Drive in the Tallaght area of Dublin.

The defendant, who has been living in Derry for the last eight months, denies assaulting his 27- year-old partner by grabbing her by the hair and punching her in front of her daughter.

He also denies possessing a 30cm kitchen knife and damaging and stealing his partner's mobile phone as well as damaging her Xbox 360.

The police witness told District Judge Barney McElholm that during a row with his partner the defendant verbally abused her, assaulted her and caused criminal damage to her property before arming himself with a kitchen knife and shouting: "I will stab anyone in front of me."

He said after the alleged assault the girl "ran from her home on to the street screaming for help".

The police arrived at the scene in Bishop Street before arresting the defendant in the grounds of nearby Lumen Christi College.

After he ran from the house and before his arrest the defendant sent three text messages to the young girl's mobile phone.

"One message stated 'I'm gone from Derry, got a lift'.

Another message stated 'I swear if I see police or anyone near me I'm slicing my wrists, bye' and the third message stated 'Get them off my back, I'll give you your phone. I don't have a knife I f***** it away'" the officer told the court.

The officer said he opposed the defendant being granted bail.

He said although he had no previous convictions in Northern Ireland, he had "relevant convictions in the Republic of Ireland". He also said the defendant had no bail address in Northern Ireland and he believed if released on bail the defendant would interfere with witnesses, flee the jurisdiction and not return to Derry to attend his future court appearances.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said a bail address was available at the city's Simon Community.

"The defendant wants to contest all the charges, he wants his day in court," Mr MacDermott said.

Refusing bail, the District Judge said he had no confidence in the defendant adhering to any bail conditions.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear on June 8.

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