Suspended sentence for assault

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who assaulted his two sisters has received a suspended sentence.

Patrick Stokes, of Drummard Park, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault between April 2 and April 15.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 40-year-old threw a cup at one of his sisters.

The injured party was left with a one centimetre cut on he forehead and police were called.

He assaulted a second sister after he was released on police bail.

The woman was drinking from a bottle of vodka and Stokes attempted to grab the bottle off her.

She refused to give him the bottle and the 40-year-old grabbed the chair she was sitting on, causing her to fall off.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said Stokes has issues with alcohol.

He said his client’s family have taken a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to the 40-year-old’s ‘abusive and violent behaviour when he is drinking’.

District Judge Peter King suspended an eight month sentence for two years.