A man who poked his ex-girlfriend in the eye and assaulted her two sisters has been jailed for a total of six months.
Noel Cairns, of Beechwood Avenue, admitted three charges of common assault and disorderly behaviour.
The charges relate to an incident on August 4, last year.
Derry Magistrates Court heard that the injured party’s went to the police station to report they had been assaulted. As they waited in the enquiry office, 21-year-old Cairns came in and started an argument with them.
The women were ‘highly distressed’ and had to be taken to a private area.
They told police they had been assaulted by Cairns earlier that evening in the Waterloo Place area of the city.
One of the injured party’s was the 21-year-old’s ex-partner and mother of his three week old baby.
Cairns punched one of her sisters on the mouth before punching his ex-partner, pushing her and sticking his finger in her eye.
The third injured party was punched on temple.
The court heard the 21-year-old shouted ‘p*** bastard’ at a passing motorist during the incident.
It was revealed Cairns was in breach of suspended sentences at the time of committing these assaults.
Defence counsel Stephen Chapman told the court his client is a ‘troubled young man’ who is ‘not in particularly good health’.
He added that Cairns could benefit from assistance from the probation service.
District Judge Peter King told the 21-year-old ‘the violence displayed by you was gross and unacceptable. What particularly disturbs me is the attack involving the eye.
‘You should consider yourself extremely fortunate you didn’t cause much more physical damage’.
The judge added that a clear message had to be sent that ‘the community will be protected from this kind of activity’.
He activated the suspended sentence and jailed Cairns for a total of six months.