Jailed for hitting man with a bottle

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A man who is ‘prone to impulsive and aggressive behaviour’ has been jailed for assaulting a man with a bottle.

Daniel Noel Campbell, Kular Court, pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm with intent on September 24, 2013.

Derry Crown Court heard police were called to the William Street area in the early hours of the morning to a report of an assault.

The injured party had been hit on the head with a bottle and Campbell was being restrained by his sister.

The man sustained a laceration to his eye, some other cuts about his face and bruising to his hip.

He has also suffered from anxiety since the incident.

The court heard that CCTV of the incident showed ‘three deliberate strikes with the bottle, of which two connected.’

Campbell claimed that remarks were made towards his sister by the injured party.

The 30-year-old also claimed he didn’t mean to strike out with the bottle he just had it in his hand.

Passing sentence, Judge Donna McColgan said Campbell argued he acted in self defence and tried to portray the injured party as the aggressor.

However, she said the court did not accept this because the CCTV made it clear this was not the case.

Judge McColgan said the assault was unprovoked and the use of a weapon was an aggravating factor.

She sentenced Campbell to three years and four months in prison, 20 months will be spent in custody with the remaining 20 months to be spent on licence.