Assault at GAC was ‘out of character’

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An assault by a 37-years-old Dungiven man on another male at a County Derry GAA club was “completely out of character”, a court has heard.

Paul Joseph McLaughlin, whose address was given as 1, Glen Park, Dungiven appeared at Limavady Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with assaulting a male on April 13.

McLaughlin was also charged with criminal damage to a t-shirt belonging to the injured party.

The court heard that the injured party was in Foreglen GAA club when McLaughlin swore at him. McLaughlin asked the injured party ‘do you have a problem with me?’

McLaughlin punched the injured party causing a cut to the bridge of his nose and swelling of eyes.

The court heard that later McLaughlin grabbed the injured party by the throat, and that lasted for a few seconds.

A defence solicitor told the court that McLaughlin had been out, and had entered the club. The solicitor said what happened was “completely out of character” for McLaughlin.

District Judge Liam Mcnally said what happened was a “serious enough matter and, that “without any justification” McLaughlin had “thumped this man on the nose”.

In sentencing for the offence of assault, Judge McNally imposed a fine of £250 and an offenders levy of £15. He also ordered McLaughlin to pay £300 compensation to the injured party.

For the offence of criminal damage to the T-shirt, Judge McNally told McLaughlin he was to be bound over to keep the peace for two years in the sum of £500.