Derry man bailed on assault charges

A mother of two young children was left in 'an extremely emotional state' after an alleged assault by her partner Derry Magistrate's Court was told.

Diarmaid Nicell (23) of High Street in Derry was charged with damaging property belonging to the woman, assaulting her, threatening to damage property and possessing cannabis on July 29.

The court was told that police were called by the injured party who told them that Nicell had grabbed her by the chin and had been verbally abusive to her in front of a 6-year-old child and a four-month old baby.

A police woman told the court that child and the woman were both in a very distressed state. She added that the injured party told them Nicell had broken a window, damaged a dongle and a sim card before leaving the house.

He then returned and apologised but when he was asked to leave he became abusive again and threatened to break the windows in the house.

The District Judge Mr. Barney McElholm said that it was 'an extremely distressing incident for the injured party'.

He granted Nicell bail on condition he dd not try and contact the injured party. He warned Nicell if the injured party contacted him he was not to talk to her. Nicell will appear again on August 26.