Man threw boiling water, court hears

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A man allegedly threw a cup of boiling water over his partner’s legs in a row over his drinking, the High Court has heard.

Joseph O’Driscol is accused of lashing out as he made tea, and also kicking the woman twice.

The 30-year-old, of Legahory Close, Craigavon, Co Armagh, denies a charge of common assault over the incident at their home.

He was refused bail amid concerns about alcohol abuse and compliance with a prohibition on any contact with the alleged victim.

O’Driscol was arrested after his partner phoned police following the alleged attack in June.

Prosecution barrister Philip Henry told the court: “She stated that she had been assaulted and that the applicant had thrown a mug or cup of boiling water with a tea-bag in it over her legs.”

It was claimed that O’Driscol acted before any milk was put in to cool the water.

Police later noted redness around the woman’s shin area.

O’Driscol accepted the couple had argued but denied carrying out any assault.

“He said the injured party made the allegation as a result of her disliking him being out drinking for the two days previous,” Mr Henry added.

Defence counsel detailed how his client’s drink problem had worsened following the death of his young son.

Mr Justice Burgess acknowledged the “dreadful tragedy” but pointed to incidents where O’Driscol is alleged to have breached a ban on going near his partner’s home.

Refusing to readmit him to bail, the judge said: “I can’t be satisfied that he will comply in the future.”