Five month sentence for partner assault


Enniskillen Magistrates Court

A 31-YEAR-OLD man who assaulted his partner has been handed a five month prison sentence.  
Patrick McDonagh, of Sallys Wood in Irvinestown, appeared via videolink from Maghaberry Prison before Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday. 
He was charged with assault on August 23rd.
The court previously heard that the injured party had contacted police at 11.22pm on the night in question from a phonebox to say that she had been assaulted by McDonagh. 
When police arrived at the scene, she told them that the defendant had punched her in the nose.
Officers observed that her nose was swollen and that there was blood on her face and the hall floor. 
The injured party, who also had cuts on her face, received medical treatment at the scene but refused to attend hospital.
The court heard that the injured party had also declined to make a written statement against the defendant or have her injuries photographed. However her evidence was captured verbally on body-camera.
When McDonagh was first arrested and questioned by the police, he gave a no comment interview.
McDonagh’s defence solicitor Conor Heaney said his client had already served time in custody having previously been refused bail. 
Mr Heaney also noted that the injured party had been approached several times by police to make a statement in relation to the incident but didn’t wish to do so. 
District Judge Nigel Broderick said that he was satisfied by the allegations against McDonagh and sentenced him to five months imprisonment. 

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