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28/09/2021

Man charged with punching woman repeatedly in the face in front of her one-year-old child during alleged incident at Derry shopping centre

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A 21-year-old man has appeared before a court in connection to an incident at a Derry shopping centre where he allegedly punched his partner repeatedly in the face. John Gallagher appeared at Derry Magistrates Court on Monday morning on charges of assaulting the woman, disorderly behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm last Friday, November 30. The court heard that the alleged incident happened at Quayside Shopping Centre on the Strand Road while the woman was in the company of her one-year-old child. The court was told that woman had attended Strand Road police station and reported that the defendant had assaulted her while they were in Quayside. She said he shouted at her, called her names and then punched her three times in the face. The woman's account was captured on body worn footage, the court was told. The court heard that police were currently investigating if any footage of the alleged incident was captured on CCTV. A police officer told the court that they believed a bystander had remonstrated with Gallagher. She told the court there was a domestic history between the pair. Bail was then opposed due to 'concerns about contact.' A defence solicitor told the court that the alleged injured party had since returned to live with her family in County Dublin and had made a withdrawal statement. Gallagher, whose address was given as Orr Park in Newtownstewart in Tyrone, was granted bail on condition he observe a curfew, wear a tag, not to leave the North and to report daily to police. He will appear before the court again next month.

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