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Attempted Murder

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly subjected his partner to a "degrading and terrifying assault" during which he tried to place a plastic bag around her head and attempted to stab her on her hands.
Yesterday (Monday), Patrick Doherty from Newry Road, Belleek, was charged with attempted murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon, common assault and attempt to inflict grievous bodily harm.
The charges are in connection with an attack on his partner in Newry and then again in Belleek in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The investigating officer told the court that police arrived at an address on Newry Road in the village following a 999 call from the property.
There they found the alleged victim with bruising over her face and body and she was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries.
In a statement to police, the 33-year-old victim from Newry said she was first assaulted by Doherty at a house in the Chancellor's Road area of Newry before getting a taxi to an address in Belleek.
The court heard that Doherty and his co-accused arrived at the house two hours later when Doherty launched a verbal tirade against the victim, calling her "a tramp and a tout".
He is alleged to have then punched the victim two or three times and then kicked her in the head.
The commotion awoke Doherty's "petrified" 80-year-old mother who tried to intervene.
The victim, the court was told, fled to the bathroom where she sat on the floor crying.
In her statement, she said Doherty, 44, kicked the bathroom door in and punched her in the head.
She said she then went to a bedroom in the house and was lying on the bed for 15 minutes when Doherty came in, pulled the blanket off her, and tried to put a blue plastic bag over her head before trying to put duct tape over her mouth. While this was happening, she said Doherty's mother "was screaming for him to stop".
The victim then went to the living room where she called 999 and left "the phone off the hook" so the operator could hear the alleged assault.
The court then heard that Doherty came into the living room with a knife, got on top of the victim and threatened to bite her nose off before trying to stab her in the hand as she "begged him to stop".
She alleged that he told her to touch the knife "to see how sharp it was" and then held the knife to her throat while telling his co-accused to "get the bin bags".
During a police search of the house, police recovered a knife and duct tape matching the description given by the victim.
An investigating officer told the court that during police interview, Doherty denied trying to kill his partner but said "if I wanted to kill her, I would have".
The court heard that Doherty had previous convictions for wounding with intent.
Objecting to a bail application from Doherty's solicitor, Judge Eamonn King said the alleged offences took place over a sustained period of time, with some of the "degrading and terrifying assault" happening in front of Doherty's mother.
Mr King said the 999 recording "would graphically outline the nature of the threats perpetrated by the defendant".
He cited the nature of the attack and the possibility of Doherty interfering with witnesses, the chance that he might abscond and his "previous form of inflicting harm" for rejecting the bail application.
Doherty was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link on August 20.
Meanwhile, Noel Hillen appeared before Newry Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.
The 57-year-old from Carnagh Park in the city was charged with attempted murder following an alleged stabbing incident in Newry on Thursday.
He was remanded in custody to appear before Newry Magistrates Court tomorrow (Wednesday) via video-link.

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