Saved from jail because of kids

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A judge has told a single father the only reason he is not going to jail is because of his children.

Gareth Friel, of Columbia Park, Dungiven, pleaded guilty to two charges of disorderly behaviour, assaulting and resisting police on November 18, last year.

Suspending a four month jail term for two years, District Judge Barney McElholm ordered Friel to spend 12 months on probation and pay £500 compensation to the Friends of Altnagelvin.