Fermanagh businessman allegedly sprayed his partner with gasoline and bleach, court says
A businessman allegedly sprayed his partner with gasoline and bleach at their home in Co Fermanagh, the High Court learned today.
rosecutors claimed police found the woman in a “terrified” state and struggling with her vision.
Derek McDowell, 53, of Tempo Road in Enniskillen, denies the charges of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and assault causing actual bodily harm.
An ambulance team first visited the scene in the early hours of August 26 this year.
A crown attorney said the woman called to say someone threw gasoline in her face before the call ended.
The court heard that the police had been alerted and arrived at the property, where they discovered the soaked floors and a strong smell of gasoline and bleach.
“They spoke to the injured party, she looked shaken and terrified,” the prosecutor said.
“The police observed that her face was red, she complained of having itchy eyes and blurred vision.”
At this point, it was alleged that during an argument she was soaked with a hose before pouring gasoline and bleach on her.
Judge Stephen Fowler QC was told that she subsequently withdrew her statement, saying it “would make my life a lot simpler”.
McDowell also faces counts of common assault and criminal damage in connection with the incident.
Defense attorney Ciaran Roddy argued that his client brought a hose into the house for a “water fight.”
“He argued that it was initiated by the former complainant and that he did not throw gasoline or bleach on her,” Mr Roddy said.
McDowell being currently on bail and staying in a trailer, he was asking permission to return to his home.
The house is located next to two businesses, the court said, one run by McDowell and the other by the alleged victim.
Refusing to change the bail conditions, Judge Fowler felt it was premature to allow him to go back.
He said: “Domestic violence is a very serious and important aspect of life in Northern Ireland, it is repeated throughout the province, and the court must take a firm stand.”
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