A man who assualted his teenager daughter in the city centre has received a suspended jail term.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault on October 5.
The local magistrate’s court heard that the 43-year-old grabbed his teenage daughter by the hair in the Shipquay Street area of the city.
He then pulled her to the ground and kicked her in the neck.
The injured party was ‘highly distressed’ by the incident. However, the court heard she did not make a statement of complaint about the assault. Her father was arrested and made full admissions to assaulting her during a police interview.
Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court it was a ‘terrible case’ which was ‘deeply, deeply disturbing’.
He said that his client made admissions, despite the fact there was no statement of complaint and may never have been one provided by his daughter. Mr Quigley added that the injured party is now back living with her father, with the approval of social services.
District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a four month jail term for two years. He warned the defendant that if he committed any further offences in that time he would get an immediate custodial sentence.