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Ballygawley man granted bail after pregnant partner withdraws complaint of violence

Feb 28, 2022 17:02 By News Northern Sound
Ballygawley man granted bail after pregnant partner withdraws complaint of violence Ballygawley man granted bail after pregnant partner withdraws complaint of violence
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The woman claimed that between November 7th and January 3rd, she had been thrown across the kitchen floor, been choked and punched multiple times.

A Ballygawley man has been granted bail after his pregnant partner withdrew her complaint of violence.

30 year old Patrick Sherry, of Castle Hill, Ballygawley faced multiple charges of assault, alleged to have occurred over a number of months.

Dungannon Magistrates Court previously heard Sherry's partner contacted police on 4 January detailing an alleged catalogue of abuse.

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She claimed that between November 7th and January 3rd, she had been thrown across the kitchen floor, been choked and punched multiple times.

On the last instance, it was alleged Sherry kicked her chest causing her to fall backwards.

This left her fearful for the unborn child and she left the property.

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Sherry later made a video-call, threatening to kill her, then kill himself stating it would be her fault.

Opposing bail after his arrest, a detective said Sherry is, "Deemed to be a serious threat to women and a high risk domestic violence offender".

He has connections in Monaghan, where he is wanted by An Garda Siochana for three arrest warrants.

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Bail was previously refused with District Judge Michael Ranaghan, however at the most recent court sitting it emerged the complainant had withdrawn her statement and while not disputing what occurred, believes Sherry's arrest was, "The wake-up call he needed."

A fresh bail application was mounted which heard the complainant has regularly contacted Sherry in custody.

Despite police objections, Judge Ranaghan said bail could be granted, stating "the relevant change is the injured party who, for whatever reasons, has withdrawn her allegations."

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Sherry was ordered to have no contact with her and is banned from leaving Northern Ireland. He must also report three times weekly to police.

The case is to be kept under review at this stage.

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