Used ‘homophobic language’

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A man who assaulted a shop assistant in an off-licence has been remanded in custody until later today.

Joseph McCloskey, of Damien House, pleaded guilty to common assault and disorderly behaviour on January 20.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 46-year-old also used ‘insulting homophobic language’ to the injured party.

McCloskey hit the shop assistant in Drink Off-Licence, Sackville Street.

Staff blocked his attempts to re-enter and police were called.

McCloskey was arrested three hours later in a nearby car park and he was ‘very heavily intoxicated, even for him’.

During police interview the 46-year-old claimed he had no recollection of the incident as he had consumed a litre bottle of vodka.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client is due in court on Friday to appeal a sentence.

District Judge Barney McElholm remanded him in custody and he will appear again later this morning.