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Man assaults wife three days after sentenced to prison for exact same offence

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A Lurgan man accused of assaulting his wife just three days after been sentenced to three months in prison for a similar offence has had a bail application rejected.

A constable told court: “There is quite an extensive domestic history between the two, starting in 2011 right up until 2018”.

Dwyer Campbell, 46, of Belvedere Manor, appeared charged with common assault, attempted criminal damage and two counts of threat to kill at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday, via videolink from Maghaberry,

He also appeared on another offence of common assault which he pleaded guilty to last month.

On that occasion, Campbell was sentenced to three months in prison but he was appealing the sentence.

Previously it was heard that on June 10, police were tasked to an ongoing domestic incident at an address in Lurgan.

The defendant had assaulted his wife while she lay on the sofa in their home; the injured party later made a withdrawal statement.

However, during interview, Campbell made admissions to grabbing the injured party by the upper arm and pulling her out the door of the property.

The defendant appeared on Friday for the purpose of a bail application which was objected to.

A constable stated: “He was sentenced on May 22 to three months in prison, he appealed this and three days later breached all of his bail conditions.

“Bail is objected to as he is seen as having a high likelihood of reoffending and the address offered is in close proximity to hers”.

He continued: “There is quite an extensive domestic history between the two, starting in 2011 right up until 2018.

“In several occasions, the injured party has claimed that he has assaulted her but later changed her mind and withdrawn her statement”.

Defence counsel stated: “A withdrawal statement had been made in reference to all the new charges. On May 22 the address was deemed as suitable and this is a man with only one conviction for assault.

“This is quite a bizarre case, the first offence occurred in June last year, he was sentenced in May leaving a complete year during the intervening period.”

He continued: “He did breach his bail but these new offences are not accepted, this case may not proceed so he is in the same position as of May 22.

“I ask that bail is granted subject to a suitable address being put forward”.

District Judge Stephen Keown said: “The bail address is not acceptable, in addition, there is a clear risk of reoffending here given their history”.

Bail was refused, the case will return for an update on July 5.

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