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Man ‘lost the run of himself’ before assaulting woman and threatening to burn her home

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A court heard a man “lost the run of himself” and hit his former partner on the face and threatened to set her home on fire.

Richard Carr Maxwell (48), with an address given as East Avenue in South Shields in the north east of England, committed offences on May 14 this year.

He appeared before Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to charges of assault and making a threat to damage property.

Police had been called to an address in Coleraine on the date in question, a prosecutor said.

A defence solicitor said there were no visible injuries to the woman.

The lawyer said the defendant was originally from England and had come to Northern Ireland and started a relationship with the injured party.

The defence solicitor said Maxwell, a recovering alcoholic, “had come into a significant sum of money” which he and the woman had been spending and on the date in question both had consumed alcohol.

The court heard the defendant had been in custody since May 15 and had spent the equivalent of a three months sentence.

He “deeply regrets” what happened and the defendant claimed there had been no intent behind the threatening words he had uttered.

The solicitor said that due to alcohol the defendant had “lost the run of himself” and was extremely remorseful.

The defendant was given a three months jail term.

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