Limavady man with 150 previous convictions was allegedly found hiding in bedroom wardrobe at ex-partner's home

Limavady man with 150 previous convictions was allegedly found hiding in bedroom wardrobe at ex-partner's home

A LIMAVADY man with 153 previous convictions was allegedly found hiding in a bedroom wardrobe at his ex-partner's home.

John Jeffrey Douglas (42), of Benevenagh Drive, is charged with assaulting his ex-partner aggravated by 'domestic abuse'; engaging in a course of 'abusive behaviour'; causing criminal damage to her front door and a bed and theft of a key.

The charges relate to the period from April 1-3.

The defendant appeared via video link from custody in Coleraine at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

A police officer objected to bail and said at 1.14am on April 2 a woman said she had been assaulted by Douglas, her ex-partner.

The officer said the woman said she had been drinking with friends and Douglas and he "became aggressive" and "banged her head off a wall and punched her", causing a split lip.

On the night of April 3 police received a report that the woman's address had been burgled with damage to the front door and her clothes were thrown over the floor.

The officer added: "She then observed Mr Douglas hiding in a wardrobe in her bedroom".

Damage was also caused to a bed and the woman found a key which she believed the defendant had taken from her key ring previously.

The defendant told police he had gone to the property to collect his belongings and believed his ex-partner was living elsewhere.

He told police the property was a "party house" and he knew the front door was already broken and that was how he had entered.

Douglas claimed his ex-partner had then arrived.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had been assaulted by a male who "beat seven bells out of" him, which was when the bed was damaged.

He said the defendant's face was badly bruised and when arrested he was taken to hospital.

The defendant was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to April 24.