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22/09/2021

Derry man who carried out 'war of attrition' against a woman for a number of years is jailed for five months

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A man who had an order placed on him for a period of five years preventing him from entering Derry so that his victim 'could have a semblance of peace' has been jailed for breaching that order twice. Nathan McDaid (23) whose address was given as Carlisle Road in Derry admitted breaching the order on April 27 and May 17 this year. Originally McDaid had been sentenced to staying out of the city for a period of ten years but on appeal this was reduced to one of five years. The court was told that the injured party in the case had seen McDaid on the Racecourse Road on April 27 around 8.20 p.m. and she reported this breach of the order. Then on May 17 at 9.45 p.m. police went to an address in Carlisle Road and found the defendant there. At interview he admitted breaching the order. Defence counsel Ms Nicki Rountree said her client had not made any attempt to contact the injured party in the case. She said he had appealed the length of the order but could not ask for any further variations as he was not granted legal aid. The barrister said he was in Derry to try and keep a property he had. District Judge Barney McElholm said that McDaid had been 'carrying on a war of attrition' against the injured party over a period of years. He said he had 'seriously assaulted' her in the past and he had imposed the original order to give her 'a semblance of peace'. The judge said McDaid had been 'well warned' and given an opportunity in the past. He sentenced him to five months in prison.

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