07 Aug 2022

Derry man appears in court charged with running over his former partner's arm with a van

A court has heard how a Derry man is alleged to have run over his former partner's arm with a van and then reversed and tried to run over her on two more occasions. Brian McDonagh (41) of Winchester Park in Derry was charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, threatening to kill the woman, driving while unfit, kidnapping and false imprisonment on August 8. He also was charged with a series of driving charges of failing to report, remain and failing to stop on the same date. A charge of attempted murder was withdrawn. A police officer connected McDonagh to the charges and opposed bail on the grounds of the risk of further offences and interference with witnesses. The court was told that at 6 pm the alleged injured party went to McDonagh's House to discuss the disposal of a van parked outside. The defendant asked her to come for a drive to sort things out. As they drove a heated row broke out and McDonagh threatened to drive into the river. The woman was said to be 'terrified' and agreed to sign the van over and so McDonagh stopped the vehicle. The woman allegedly tried to escape and fell to the ground and McDonagh was supposed to have driven over her arm then reversed twice and tried to run over her again. The woman allegedly rolled away but the defendant got out grabbed her and threw into the back of the van. The woman managed to ring 999 but McDonagh was said to have grabbed the phone and thrown it into a field. The officer said the van was driven a short distance and then the defendant opened the door and the woman was said to have escaped. She ran into a field and the police officer said McDonagh tried to ram the gate twice but failed. She hid and then went for help and was taken to hospital where her arm was found not to broken. Defence barrister Eoghain Devlin said there was a 'fractious' relationship between the pair with incidents in the past. He said that he believed that bail could be granted with conditions. Deputy District Judge Alan White said due to the serious risk of further offences and the serious nature of the charges he was refusing bail. He remanded McDonagh in custody to appear again on September 6.

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