Man fined for Jimmy Carr assault

A man who assaulted a former councillor when he was out canvassing for election has been fined.

Robert Fisher, of Ivy Mead Mews, pleaded guilty to assaulting former SDLP councillor Jimmy Carr on May 6.

The 29-year-old was convicted of threatening to kill Mr Carr on tendered evidence.

The assault occurred as Mr Carr was canvassing for council elections in the Carnhill area of the city.

Fisher told the former councillor ‘I will f****** get you’.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney told the court there has been no further incidents between the 29-year-old and Mr Carr.

He added that there was ‘no political motive behind this whatsoever. He had taken too much drink’.

Mr Mooney said Fisher has ‘settled himself down, stopped drinking and he is now in a position of full time employment’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the threat was ‘low level’ and ‘almost a colloquialism, but people can’t go around saying things like this’.

He fined Fisher a total of £300 and ordered him to pay £250 compensation to Jimmy Carr.

The judge also granted an application for a restraining order for two years.