07 Aug 2022

Court hears 34-year-old Derry man had to be subdued by six police officers following report of alleged domestic incident

A 34-year-old Derry man had to be subdued by six police officers after they were called to a domestic incident in the city, a court has heard. Irvine Doherty, of Magowan Park, appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court earlier this week where he was charged with four offences linked to a domestic incident that was said to have occurred on November 3. A police officer connected Doherty to the charges and opposed bail. The court was told police were called to an ongoing incident at the address, and when they arrived Doherty answered the door. The court heard police could hear a woman shouting for help from the bathroom in the property. The woman told them that the defendant had grabbed her by the throat and covered her mouth so she couldn't shout. When police attempted to arrest Doherty he became aggressive and grabbed an officer by the throat, the court was told. It eventually took six officers to subdue the defendant who was then carried from the property and placed in the police vehicle. Doherty was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital and informed police he was going to claim he had been racially abused in the police vehicle. The alleged injured party told police she and the defendant had been at a party where Doherty had become ‘agitated’ and started pushing and shoving her. The woman claimed she fell to the floor and the defendant had dragged her along and punched her in the face before she managed to lock herself in the bathroom. At interview, Doherty admitted grappling with police and also admitted pushing the woman. Police objected to bail for fear of further offences. Doherty’s defence solicitor Maoliosa Barr said that his client would allege the argument started after the woman took drugs. He said Doherty could reside with his mother as that was far enough away from the alleged injured party's address. The police officer told the court that it had only been seven days since Doherty's mother had come off the high risk register due to her son's behaviour. Doherty was remanded in custody to appear again on November 29.

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