Man jailed after partner assault


A Portadown man was sentenced to eight months in custody after threatening to burn down his ex-partner’s house and assaulting her.

David Robert Boyd (24), with an address at Thomas Street, appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court on Friday and admitted a number of offences which happened on August 8 this year.

For making a threat to kill, unlawful assault and the theft of a laptop and four CDs he was given four months in custody.

Concurrent eight-month terms were imposed for criminal damage to a bedroom and bathroom door, criminal damage to a mobile phone and assaulting a female occasioning her actual bodily harm.

The court heard police were called to a domestic incident at Millington Park where the injured party said her ex-partner, the defendant, had become aggressive and damaged the bedroom and bathroom doors after she had asked him to leave.

She rang police from the bathroom and Boyd threatened to burn the house down.

Later he arrived back at the house and she asked him to put his key through the letterbox but he said he had to get his belongings.

She had put some of his things in a rucksack but he came in to check if there were any other belongings. He shoved her in the chest with both hands and she fell, hitting her head on a TV cabinet.

Boyd pinned her to the floor, grabbed her mobile phone and threw it against a wall. He put his hand over her mouth and nose and said “if you ring the police again I’ll f—king kill you”.

The injured party managed to get to a neighbour’s house and rang the police from there.

Mr Richard Monteith, representing the defendant, said Boyd had been in custody since August 29 and had never applied for bail.

He accepted from the outset that custody was a likely outcome, added Mr Monteith.