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Man admits unlawful imprisonment and multiple assaults against female victim

He is due to be sentenced next month

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A Newtownhamilton man who assaulted the same female on multiple occasions and unlawfully imprisoned her will be sentenced next month.

Court heard all of the offences occurred within a one year period.

The 42-year-old was released on bail pending a pre-sentence report after prosecution raised no objections.

Martin Callaghan, of Clady Road, pleaded guilty to three charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, four counts of common assault, two counts of false imprisonment, threats to kill and criminal damage at Newry Crown Court on Monday.

The defendant entered the pleas after defence barrister Bobbie Rea asked for his client to be re-arraigned.

As the charges were read out, it was heard that all offences referred to one single female injured party.

All of the offences occurred between July 5, 2018 and June 2, 2019.

The false imprisonment offences related to March 16 and April 12 last year.

The criminal damage related to a window which belonged to the same injured party.

Upon hearing the charges, his honour Judge Gordon Kerr QC considered whether a pre-sentence report would be required.

Mr Rea replied: “Yes.”

The case was adjourned until February 6 for sentencing.

Callaghan was released on bail during the interim after prosecuting barrister Fiona O’Kane made no objection.

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