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Man accused of assaulting his teenager wife is denied bail

A man has been remanded in custody charged with kidnapping, falsely imprisoning and assaulting his 19-year-old wife last Saturday — just 10 days after their wedding.

The defendant, Martin McDonagh (21), from Iskaheen View in the Waterside area of Londonderry, denies the charges.

A police witness told District Judge Barney McElholm that officers received two 999 calls on Saturday about a woman lying on the roadway at Strabane Old Road after she had been assaulted by a man.

One caller stated the unconscious woman was lifted off the road by the man and pushed into a van. The officer said police stopped the van five miles away in the village of Magheramason.

There, the woman — who was in a distressed state — alleged her husband had assaulted her after she told him she no longer loved him.

She said her husband had kicked and punched her and to escape from the assault she had jumped from the moving van.

“She had bite marks to her right and left shoulders, bite marks to her right arm, bruising to the cheek and nose, scrapes to her right hip and she complained of a severe pain in her stomach. She also said he had assaulted her using a stiletto heel before this incident,” the officer said.

She said the complainant was so terrified of her husband that she has returned to her family home. The officer added that when in police custody, the defendant spoke to two members of his family asking them to contact his wife to ask her to withdraw her allegations.

Applying for bail, solicitor Ciaran McGuinness said that the defendant stated that his wife had grabbed the steering wheel of the van and jumped out of the moving vehicle.

“He says he stopped and put her back inside,” he told the Derry court.

Describing the charges as extremely serious, Mr McElholm refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody until August 23.

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