Derry Court: Suspended sentence for ‘nasty assault’


A man has been given a suspended sentence when he appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with what the judge described as ‘a nasty assault.’

James Harkin (25) of 18, Elm Close in Derry admitted a charge of assault and one of handling stolen goods on January 1 this year.

The court was told that a number of people entered a property and during the incident an XBox 360 was taken.

Harkin dragged the injured party into the kitchen and proceeded to kick them when they were on the ground.

Harkin kept kicking and the injured party sustained a cut to the head.

At interview Harkin admitted being at the property but denied the rest. He later admitted selling the XBox and keeping the money.

Defence counsel Eoghain Devlin said that ‘remarkably’ Harkin only had a short record.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the assault was ‘a nasty’ one involving kicking someone on the ground.

He sentenced Harkin to 5 months in prison suspended for three years and ordered him to pay £300 in compensation.