Man lost his teeth in ‘cowardly’ assault

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A 23-year-old Limavady man who pleaded guilty to an assault in which one of the injured party lost teeth was told it was “a cowardly attack” by a District Judge at Limavady Magistrates Court this week.

Appearing at court on Wednesday was David Peter Damien Carmichael of Tartnakilly Road.

He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for assault on a female and assault on a male occasioning actual bodily harm on December 24, 2012.

The court heard the male injured party was on Main Street waiting to pick up his children from a disco.

The father was punched just as his son had got into the car and he was surrounded by four to six males.

As he was punched, he fell to the ground. The man’s daughter jumped out of the car and said: “Why did you hit my father?”

The court heard the female was hit on the chin and the defendant fled.

The man lost teeth and had to have dentures fitted while the female suffered bruising and cuts.

The court heard Carmichael denied it was him, but he was identified through a Viper procedure.

A defence solicitor said Carmichael had little recollection of what happened and called it a “very nasty incident”.

The solicitor said Carmichael “seems to be easily influenced”, but that he had since given up alcohol.

District Judge Liam McNally told Carmichael: “This was a cowardly attack by you, backed up by a number of your friends, on a father and a daughter.”

In addition to the Community Service Order of 200 hours that Carmichael must complete, District Judge McNally ordered him to pay compensation of £300 to the male injured.

Carmichael was ordered to also pay compensation of £100 to the female injured party.