10 Aug 2022

Court hears Derry man caught hitting woman on CCTV told police: "It was only a bit of domestic violence"

A man observed on CCTV striking his female partner in Derry's city centre in the early hours of the morning told police 'it was only a bit of domestic violence'. Sean Pyper,27, of Damian House, Foyle Street in Derry admitted assaulting the woman twice on March 24. The court heard that CCTV operators alerted police after they saw Pyper assault the woman at 4.15am. The woman fell to the ground and when police arrived the injured party was 'distressed' and the accused was trying to comfort her. He asked police why they were involved as it was only a bit of domestic violence and admitted 'slapping her a few times.' Pyper also admitted stealing 8 tins of lighter fluid from Poundland on February 4. The court was told after police identified him and arrested him he lashed out striking an officer on the cheek. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client had admitted the offences and had 'demons' to fight over his alcohol addiction. He said he needed a medical detox but hadn't had one. Pyper was sentenced to four months in prison.

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