Man allegedly tried to climb into bed with 13-year-old daughter

A MAN who allegedly tried to climb into bed with his 13-year-old daughter has been remanded in custody.

Brendan Joseph Harkin (42) of Cornshell Fields in Derry appeared at the city’s magistrates court charged with assaulting his partner, assault on police, stealing prescription medication, possessing class C drugs and criminal damage to a door on January 10.

Some of the charges are aggravated by involving domestic abuse.

The court heard that police were called to an ongoing domestic incident and when they arrived they could hear children crying upstairs. The defendant was heard in the hallway and the court “was under the influence of something” with slurred speech and a white substance around his mouth.

While officers were checking on the children, Harkin was said to have made remarks about his wife and daughter.

The alleged victim told police that Harkin had tried to climb into bed with her daughter and when she tried to stop him he punching her. Harkin was then said to have become aggressive with police and assaulted two officers and spat on the chest of one.

A search was said to have revealed Diazepam on the defendant which belonged to his partner.

Defense solicitor Paddy MacDermott said that his client was “vehemently denying” the allegations regarding his daughter. He said Harkin had no recollection of making the remarks and asked for bail with stringent conditions.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the remarks were “absolutely disgusting”. He remanded Harkin in custody to appear again on February 2.

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