A man who assaulted a family friend at his son’s wedding has been spared jail because he recently had a heart attack.
Derry Crown Court Judge Philip Babington told William Anthony Moore ‘if not for the heart attack I would have imposed 18 months but because of your medical position I am going to suspend that for 18 months’.
Moore, of Peters Road, Dungiven, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm on November 18, 2012.
The injured party sustained a fractured jaw in the assault and had to undergo a surgical procedure to have metal plates inserted.
The court heard the injured party, the 53-year-old and his family were friends for more than 20 years.
He had been invited to Moore’s son’s wedding party at the Rising Sun, Greysteel and went there with members of the Moore family.
A fracas broke out involving members of the family and Moore’s wife was knocked over.
The injured party went to help her before removing himself from the ongoing incident.
A short time later, Moore approached the man and punched him to both sides of the jaw.
These were ‘heavy blows’ and the man was unable to move his jaw.
Moore denied the offences and the injured party had given evidence at a trial earlier this year.
The day after the defendant was ‘robustly cross-examined’, he pleaded guilty.
Passing sentence, Judge Babington also ordered Moore to pay £1,500 compensation to the victim.