Jailed for assault on Australian tourist and schoolgirl

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A street drinker who assaulted a tourist and a schoolgirl has been jailed for ten months.

Liam Anthony Bradley, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault on September 13.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the unprovoked assaults were captured on CCTV.

The 42-year-old was seen walking towards Orchard Street past a group of schoolchildren. Bradley raised his right arm and struck a girl in the face.

A short time later he was captured on CCTV near the Tourist Information Centre. A male and a female were there, who were later identified as Australian tourists.

The man was using a walking stick and Bradley approached him and struck him in the face ‘with considerable force’.

The 42-year-old was arrested and during police interview was ‘extremely evasive’ and claimed the man seen on CCTV was his brother.

A defence solicitor told the court it was a ‘completely unprovoked attack and it is particularly regretful it was a young girl and a tourist’.

He added the 42-year-old doesn’t recall the incident but accepts responsibility for the assaults which must have been ‘deeply shocking’ for the victims. However, he said thankfully there were no injuries caused.

Jailing Bradley, District Judge Barney McElholm said he was a ‘scourge on the city’.

He said the assaults on the young girl and a vulnerable adult who was a visitor to the city were ‘unprovoked, disgraceful’ and ‘loathsome’.