05 Oct 2022

Woman in Derry assaulted her own care worker by grabbing her throat and biting her

Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh heard this week how a local woman assaulted her support worker by grabbing her by the throat and biting her. Biddy Mongan (19) of no fixed abode is charged with assaulting the woman on July 11 this year. A police officer told the court that there was an incident in support accommodation and a worker there asked Mongan and another resident to settle down. Suspecting drug use an ambulance was called. It was said that the support worker believed she saw Mongan lift a phone belonging to another resident and asked her to leave it back. At this Mongan was alleged to have lunged at the woman and grabbed her by the throat. When the woman raised her arm to defend herself Mongan was said to have bitten her breaking the skin. Mongan was also said to have threatened to 'get' the woman on the streets. When she was taken into custody Mongan told police she had taken more than 100 paracetamol tablets and was taken to hospital for a suspected drug overdose. The police officer said that Mongan now had no address as supported facilities were no longer available to her and the address put forward in Belfast was 'totally unsuitable' as a resident there had her own drug problems. Defence solicitor Mr. Kevin Casey said that due to the circumstances only private accommodation was available to Mongan. as she was no longer welcome in sheltered housing. Deputy District Judge Liam McStay said that it was a 'posionous situation'. He said the address in Belfast was 'simply not suitable' and refused Mongan bail. The court was told the full file should be available on August 28. The case was adjourned until August 20.

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