BAR OWNER GUILTY OF ASSAULTING WIFE; He forced way into house after split.
THE owner of a successful seaside pub yesterday admitted assaulting his wife.
Businessman Ian Madden was given a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting attacking his estranged wife Adele and trespass to her home.
The 49-year-old, who owns the Anchor Bar Complex in Portstewart, Co Derry, pleaded guilty to the offences during a brief appearance before Magherafelt Magistrates Court.
Magistrate Bernie Kelly was told the trespass took place at 2.15pm on April 1 last year.
Madden forced his way into his estranged wife's home in Limavady, Co Derry, after she refused to let him in.
Prosecutor Stephanie Boyd said when police were called to the address they found Mrs Madden in a distressed state following an altercation which had taken place with the defendant.
She said: "Mr Madden forced entry to the property through a front door panel and during an altercation Adele Madden was grabbed by her left arm and her mobile phone was taken from her.
"Mr Madden then left the house, taking the mobile phone with him.
"And when police arrived at the address they observed that Mrs Madden had redness around her neck and there was also redness and swelling to her left wrist and hand.
"Police also found her in a distressed state."
The court was told Madden, from Coleraine in Co Derry, was involved at a second incident at the same address on May 6 last year when police were again called to the property. Ms Boyd said an altercation had taken place between the defendant and three of Mrs Madden's sisters.
She added one sister, Katrina Doherty, had suffered redness to her neck when the defendant had grabbed her throat.
Another, Joanne Cole, suffered injuries to her left hand and ring finger when Madden grabbed her mobile phone.
A defence solicitor said Madden did not represent a danger to the public and added both incidents were totally out of character and had arisen due to the break-up of his marriage.
The solicitor said: "His remorse is demonstrated by his guilty pleas and my client is not likely to trouble the courts again."
In handing down a 12-month conditional discharge for each offence, the magistrate said she accepted Madden did not pose any risk to the public and was not in need of any kind of rehabilitation.
REMORSE Ian Madden's marriage had broken down