Guilty of assault

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A Dungiven man has pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.

Kyle McSparron, of Banagher Road in the town, had initially denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm on June 22, last year.

However, before a jury was sworn to try the case at Derry Crown Court the 21-year-old applied to be re-arraigned.

He then entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of common assault.

The court was told McSparron has a criminal record but no convictions for violence.

Sentencing was adjourned and the 21-year-old was released on continuing bail to appear in court again on August 12.