10 Aug 2022

Derry man accused of breaking man's jaw and threatening to kill a mother and child has been found not guilty

A 43-year-old man who was on trial at Derry Crown Court charged with breaking a man's jaw and threatening to kill a mother and her child has been found not guilty of the offences. Rodney James Bonnes who is from the Tullyally area of the city denied committing the offence in Tullyally on February 3, 2017. Bonnes, whose address was given on court papers as Magilligan Prison, also denied a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to a man who sustained a double fracture of his jaw during the same alleged incident. He further denied threatening to kill a married couple, causing criminal damage to a house and garden ornaments and threatening to damage a woman's home. Those offences are also alleged to have occurred in Tullyally on February 3 of last year. The prosecution had claimed that the victim who sustained the double fracture to his jaw was allegedly attacked by Bonnes as he was walking to his Stevenson Park home. Bonnes was alleged to have used a piece of wood to inflict the injuries and the victim only managed to escape by biting the defendant on the hand and torso. The victim arrived home covered in blood. His partner looked out and claimed saw Bonnes outside her home. He was alleged to have shouted at her that he would kill her and her child if she called the police and that he would "wipe out all of her family". The prosecutor said the woman was terrified as a result of the alleged threat. The defendant was then alleged to have gone to the home of the woman's sister where it's claimed he threatened to kill her husband and burn her and her daughter out of their home. A barrister said Bonnes then became involved in an altercation with another man during which the he sustained a shallow wound to his back. However, last Friday, Bonnes was acquitted of all offences and found not guilty.

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