Man gets suspended sentence for assault

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A 39-year-old who assaulted a man in a city centre bar has had a 13 month jail sentence suspended for three years.

Patrick Toland, of River Court, John Street, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and resisting police on September 24, 2012.

He also admitted criminal damage and resisting police on August 25, 2012.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the injured party was hit with a bottle inside the Metro Bar and knocked to the ground.

Toland was not responsible for hitting the man with the bottle, however he assaulted the injured party as he lay on the ground.

The 39-year-old was arrested and he spat on the window of a police car.

He also admitted smashing a window in his ex-girlfriend’s house and he resisted police when they arrived to arrest him.

CS spray had to be deployed during the incident.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said the assault in the bar was a ‘thoroughly despicable and mean spirited incident’.

Suspending the sentence, District Judge Peter King said the assault was ‘reprehensible and unacceptable. A man of your mature years with your criminal record should now what attitude the court takes’ to such incidents.