Man accused of punching 12-year-old son

A man has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court accused of assaulting his 12-year-old son.

The 41-year-old, whose name cannot be given for legal reasons, is charged with child cruelty and assault causing actual bodily harm last Friday.

The court heard a claim that the man punched the child as he was getting ready for school.

During police interviews the father admitted he had assaulted his son by slapping him, but denied punching him.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail.