Jailed for assaulting foreign national

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A 21-year-old man who assaulted a foreign national has been jailed for nine months.

Sean Paul Boyle, whose address was given on court papers as of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault, disorderly behaviour, resisting police and possessing diazepam on November 9.

He also admitted wrongfully entering premises, disorderly behaviour and assaulting and resisting police on October 12.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that the man was assaulted in the Chapel Road area of the Waterside.

Boyle was arrested a short time later and became ‘volatile’ and abusive to police.

During interview, the 21-year-old said he was at a party, left to get more drugs and assaulted the injured party ‘in self defence’.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court his client has an addiction to drugs and realises he needs to address this to stop offending.

Jailnig Boyle, District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered him to pay an offender levy of £25.