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Derry man described by judge as a 'danger to women'

The man was remanded in custody to June 9

A MAN described by a judge as "a danger to women" has been remanded in custody at Derry Magistrate's Court on a series of assault charges.

Jack Kivelehan (20) of Duddy's Court in the city was charged with three assaults on females, one assault on a police officer, causing grievous bodily harm on a male and disorderly behaviour on dates between May 12 and 15.

A police officer connected the accused to the charges, telling the court police were called to a report of Kivelehan being abusive and aggressive outside his flat.

One woman said he was verbally abusive and made moves towards her leading her to believe she was going to be assaulted. Another woman said he had grabbed her by the shoulder on May 12.

Kivelehan was arrested and became aggressive and struggled with police with leg restraints having to be applied.

One police officer was injured during the struggle.

Police were made aware of a male who said he had been drinking with Kivelehan in his flat and alleged he had been attacked by the defendant.

He said he was punched, kicked and stamped on his head by Kivelehan. The man said he "feared for his life".

The police officer told the court the man suffered a black eye, broken nose, bruising and swelling to his cheek.

During interview Kivelehan said he had been involved in a verbal altercation with the females but denied the assaults and denied knowing the man alleging the assault.

Bail was opposed due to the risk of re-offending as the defendant had 12 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said "drugs had taken over this young man' s life" adding that the GBH charge would take some time to reach court and asked for bail.

District Judge Barney McElholm said Kivelehan "clearly has addiction issues" but that many addicts never get violent.

He said Kivelehan seemed to have "underlying problems" with violence and aggression and the language used towards the women displayed a mindset that was "misogynistic and hate filled".

He said he considered him a danger to women.

Kivelehan was remanded in custody to appear again on June 9.

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