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Derry man remanded into custody on domestic violence charges

The court heard that police were called to a report of an ongoing domestic incident

A MAN has been remanded into custody after appearing in court on domestic violence charges.

Jason Cooke (27) of Dunvale Close in Derry appeared at the city's magistrates court charged with assaulting a female on June 22 and engaging in abusive behaviour on the same date.

A police officer connected the accused to the charges and opposed bail.

The court heard that police were called to a report of an ongoing domestic incident. When officers arrived, they could hear a female screaming from inside and despite knocking they were refused entry.

The screaming continued and eventually police broke the door down. They found a female in "a distressed state".

She told police she had gone to the flat with a motorcycle part the defendant had been looking for.

She claimed Cooke had beaten her, pulled her hair and forced two fingers down her throat. The woman also said the defendant held a lit cigarette over the open petrol tank of a motorbike that was in the flat.

The court heard that police were called by the alleged victim's mother who said her daughter had made a video call to her and she had seen Cooke grab her by the "scruff of the neck".

The woman's grandmother also said she had called her to say Cooke had "beaten her black and blue".

At interview Cooke said there had been a verbal altercation, but denied assaulting the woman.

He said she had made it up to get him arrested.

When asked about marks on the woman he said she liked rough sex.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail and remanded Cooke in custody to appear again on July 21.

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