Couple sentenced for ‘nasty’ assault

A couple who admitted a ‘nasty’ assault on a man in a shop have received suspended sentences.

Seamus Mahon, (32), of Glencaw Park, and 25-year-old Aishling Quigley, of Altcar Park, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The charge relates to an incident in the Centra, Strand Road, on January 8.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the injured party was in the shop in the early hours of the morning.

There was a verbal dispute and the man went to grab Mahon ‘in self defence’.

However, the injured party ended up on the ground and he was punched repeatedly in the face.

Quigley then kicked the injured party in the face as he lay on the floor.

The court was told the man sustained swelling and bruising to his jaw and a two centimetre laceration to his lip. This required four staples.

CCTV footage of the assault was played in full to the court.

Steven Mooney, defending Mahon, said the incident was an ‘unseemly spectacle in a public place’.

However, he said it was quite clear from the footage there was a ‘degree of provocation’.

The barrister added that the 32-year-old ‘accepted he was wrong and has indicated his remorse’.

Defence counsel for Quigley, Ciaran Roddy, said his client accepts her behaviour was ‘deplorable and highly regrettable’.

District Judge Peter King said the assault was ‘one of the nastiest I have seen’.

He said it was aggravated because it took place while the injured party was lying on the ground and rendered immobile and because it was ‘prolonged’.

Judge King suspended six month sentences for three years and ordered each defendant to pay £400 compensation to the injured party.