Limavady man jailed for assaulting partner

Limabady courthouse
Image caption The man appeared at Limavady Magistrates' Court

A 32-year-old man from Limavady has been jailed for three months for assaulting his partner.

Paul Graham, from Gorteen Crescent in Limavady, admitted assaulting the woman on 4 July.

The court was told that a witness saw Graham and a woman apparently arguing on a street.

The witness, who was a man, told the court that Graham pushed the woman against a hedge, striking her on the neck or head.

The man approached the couple and Graham told him to leave saying: "It is nothing to do with you".

The witness walked on and overheard the woman say: "Are you going to hit me again? There's a witness."

The man then saw Graham push the woman and throw her into a gate and heard screams.

He returned and took the woman home and called the police.

The woman later made a withdrawal statement.

A defence solicitor said his client accepted his guilt and added that what had happened was "unacceptable".

He said that the witness acted like a "good Samaritan".

District Judge Liam McNally said Graham had a "bad record for violence" and had been given a "number of opportunities, but still offended".

He told Graham: "You have physically assaulted and humiliated a female in public and if it was not for this witness you would probably not have faced this court."