Teenager sent menacing messages to ex-partner

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A teenager has appeared before Londonderry Magistrates Court accused of sending a ‘menacing’ message to his ex-partner.

Liam Whoriskey, of Drumleck Drive, is charged with sending menacing text messages and Facebook messages on July 9.

The 19-year-old is currently on bail for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

The charges relate to an alleged incident involving the same injured party in December last year.

Deputy District Judge Brian Archer was told that Whoriskey accepted breaching his bail conditions by being in contact with his ex-partner, but denied sending menacing or threatening messages.

Police opposed bail, fearing further offending or breaches of his conditions.

An investigating officer told the court Whoriskey allegedly sent a message to his ex-partner saying ‘I will be up today to cause havoc you fat s***’. It was also alleged messages were sent via Facebook in which the teen said the injured party’s “whole life would come down around her” and that “windows would be the least of her worries”.

The officer claimed the last comment was a reference to the offences Whoriskey is currently on bail for and said the injured party was ‘in fear’.

The Deputy District Judge released Whoriskey on bail, saying he was giving him “an opportunity to prove yourself here”.

However, he went on to warn Whoriskey if there were any further breaches then he would be remanded in custody.

Whoriskey was released on bail until August 12.