A 22-year-old Enniskillen man he threw a cup of tea at his ex-girlfriend after she claimed there were “plenty of people” who wanted to sleep with her has been given a conditional discharge.
Kevin Williamson, of Galliagh Park, initially denied he assaulted his ex-partner and was to contest three charges at Fermanagh Court.
However, the injured woman failed to appear at court and Williamson pleaded guilty to common assault while two further charges were withdrawn. He was handed a conditional discharge of two years.
The prosecutor stated that the injured party reported to police that on April 26 she was standing outside a property in Windmill Heights in Enniskillen with her ex-partner. She claimed that he was waiting for a phone number.
At the time Williamson was calm and drinking a cup of tea and the pair were having a conversation when he asked the young woman if she “shagged anyone the night before”.
She replied: “No, but there was plenty who wanted to.”
Williamson then threw his cup at her and she left the house because she was in fear of him. The court was told that she suffered a mark that was 2cm by 1cm.
A defence solicitor said there was a long past between the two but they are not together anymore.
“It was undoubtedly a toxic relationship that has been dragged through the courts for years.
“He went to Erne Special School and has difficulty in communicating properly. He threw the cup on the ground and it bounced and hit her on the ankle. It was borne out of frustration.”
Deputy District Judge Magill noted that the defendant had changed his plea to guilty but that it was not at the first opportunity.
“The injured party has not yet attended and you are entitled to a degree of credit. It was an unfortunate situation.
“There have been difficulties between you two, hopefully there will be none in the future.”
Two further charges of threats to damage of a property and intimidating a witness were withdrawn by the Public Prosecution Service after the injured party failed to appear at the contest.
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