30 Sept 2022

Court hears Derry man assaulted delivery driver for local Chinese takeaway after 'words exchanged' following incident on doorstep

An altercation over a Chinese takeaway led to a court appearance for a Derry man. The case of William Sheering (31) of Knockena in Derry was heard at Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh. The court heard the injured party was a delivery driver for a local Chinese restaurant. On December 2, the defendant came to the restaurant grabbed the injured party from behind the counter and pulled him towards the door before releasing him. The injured party contacted police and told then he had suffered a sore knee, a sore shoulder and had banged his head. Sheering attended the police station voluntarily and told police that he had ordered a delivery and when it arrived the injured party said: “Do you not answer your f*****g door?” Words were exchanged between the pair and Sheerin claimed the delivery man threw the change at him. He told police he phoned the shop to complain but was told he had to speak to the boss. The court heard sometime later the shop phoned and told him that someone wanted to talk to him. He believed it was the owner, but the driver came on and said: “I knock at your door you f****g answer it.” More words were exchanged and Sheerin said he was 'fuming' and told police he accepted he had grabbed the man by the scruff of the neck. Defence solicitor Ruarai Muldoon said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was 'embarrassed and remorseful'. Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes said this was potentially 'a very nasty incident' and asked for a pre-sentence report. The case will be dealt with on September 21.

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