A 22-year-old man charged with assaulting and spraying deodorant in his girlfriend’s eyes has been granted bail, at Derry Magistrates Court.

Michael Logue, of no fixed abode, is charged with false imprisonment, assaulting a female, criminal damage of a mobile phone and a door belonging to the Simon Community.

Police objected to the bail address because a young female resides there and due to a risk of reoffending.

The court heard the offences occurred over a twenty-four-hour period, between May 4 and 5.

The victim, said to be Logue’s girlfriend, was on the phone speaking to a friend when she alleges he grabbed it from her and threw it across the room.

A Public Prosecutor said he then broke her SIM card and threw the phone out the window causing it to smash.

The next morning he came to her room and, thinking he had calmed down, she allowed him in.

However, it is alleged that he ‘grabbed an ashtray’ and threw it at her striking her on the shoulder, ‘spat in her face’, then ‘sprayed deodorant in her face for a few seconds’ momentarily blinding her.

The court heard he wouldn’t let her leave for thirty minutes, until she made an excuse that she had an appointment to ‘get a spray tan’.

The alleged injured party attempted to run away but Logue grabbed her, leading to a struggle on the stairs, a Public Prosecutor said.

The young woman got away and staff at the Simon Community contacted police about the incident.

During interview, the defendant denied the allegations, and said that as she was leaving he tried to pull her into his room ‘and they were both laughing about it’.

Defence solicitor Ciaran McGuinness said the offences are denied.

He told the court that the alleged injured party had been drinking ‘most of the day’ and his client insists he ‘did nothing of the sort to her’.

The defence solicitor said Logue’s record consists mainly of youth matters and is ‘hardly the most voluminous’ the court has seen.

There is ‘nothing on his record to suggest he would be a danger to the young lady living at the bail address’, Mr McGuinness added.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan said she would be taking a ‘big chance’ considering the defendant is charged with assaulting another female.

However, after taking everything into consideration she granted Logue his own bail of £500 to reside at Meadowbank House on the Strand Road.

He must have no contact with the injured party, must not consume alcohol or drugs, and was ordered to avoid the Simon Community.

Logue will appear before the court again on June 8.

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