Woman beater back in court for damaging tag

Stanley Hamilton
Stanley Hamilton

Serial woman beater Stanley Hamilton was back in court last week accused of damaging his electronic tag.

The Omagh man, with address of Shilling Court, Fintona, Co Fermanagh, is accused of damaging his tag unlawfully while out on High Court bail for allegedly assaulting his partner just days after he had been convicted of a previous attack on her.

The 35-year-old was initially refused bail in Omagh Magistrates Court in November but was granted it when he appealed to the High Court.

He faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, attempting to choke his partner, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage.   

He is alleged to have committed those offences just weeks after being convicted of causing the woman actual bodily harm.

When he was sentenced to a number of three-month jail terms to run concurrently for assaulting his partner occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and breach of a restraining order against his former wife, the District Judge Bernie Kelly described Hamilton as a “very, very dangerous man”.

His partner told police Hamilton had assaulted her on several occasions including punching her in the face and slashing her with a broken wine glass.

At the High Court he was granted bail under strict conditions including that he be electronically tagged. 

On Tuesday Hamilton appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court charged with unlawfully damaging the electronic tag belonging to G4S security.

The case was adjourned until April 26 when he is expected to indicate his plea to the charge. 

In January he was before the court for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

On that occasion a police witness said Hamilton had breached the curfew imposed as part of his bail three times.

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