Fined £400 for taxi queue assault

A 32-year-old man who assaulted another man in a taxi queue has been fined £400.

Damien O’Carroll was charged with disorderly behaviour because the injured party never made a statement to police. However, the incident was also captured on CCTV.

O’Carroll, of Lecky Road, pleaded guilty to a further charge of resisting police on October 2, last year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that police were on patrol in William Street when they saw a man lying on the ground with a cut to his head.

Members of the public were standing around him and gave a description of a person who had assaulted him.

O’Carroll was found a short distance away and he matched this description.

He was arrested and became aggressive when the crowd began shouting at him about the initial incident.

Defence counsel Nicola Coulter told the court O’Carroll had no previous convictions. She said he was ‘deeply embarrassed’ by his behaviour.