Man stabbed his wife and assaulted his son

Bishop street Courthouse
Bishop street Courthouse

A man has appeared at Londonderry Crown Court on foot of charges relating to stabbing his wife and assaulting their teenage son.

Thomas Fitzgerald O’Reilly (45), with an address in Portrush, pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm oin connection with the incident with his wife. He also admitted a charge of common assault on November 11, last year. He is to be sentenced next week.

The court heard the latest incident took place in a mobile home in an isolated area of Dungiven.

The injured party told her husband that their 23-year marriage was over and he appeared to be ‘accepting’ of the break up.

The woman went to bed and O’Reilly stayed up with his son and began drinking.

In the early hours of the morning he armed himself with a knife and went into the bedroom. The court heard he caused superficial injuries to his wife and assaulted their 16-year-old son when he intervened.

The injured party has requested a restraining order, to ban her husband from contacting her in the future.

Brian McCartney, QC, who appeared for O’Reilly, said his client has a limited recollection of what had happened because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

He said O’Reilly was in a confused and emotional state and was not a violent man.

Mr McCartney urged the court to treat the incident as a ‘one off’ and said it was unlikely that his client would be appearing before the court again’.

Judge Philip Babington adjourned sentencing until Christmas week.