Man (21) given chance by court

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man who sustained an eye injury in an assault last year is still having difficulty with his vision, a court has heard.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the injured party has impaired vision in one of his eyes and it is unlikely to return to normal.

Adam James McMonagle, of Carranbane Walk, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on November 15, 2013.

He also admitted further charges of assaulting a police doctor, assaulting police and criminal damage in relation to an incident in August, last year.

Sentencing in the case had been deferred to see if the 21-year-old could stay out of trouble. He had served ten weeks on remand before he was released on bail.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman told the court there had been no further offences committed by McMonagle and he has been engaging with a probation order which had been imposed for an unrelated case.

He added that the 21-year-old is ‘taking steps’ to address his issues with alcohol.

District Judge Barney McElholm said McMonagle had caused a ‘severe injury’ in the assault.

He suspended a nine month sentence for three years and said if the defendant had not ‘served a substantial period in custody I would have imposed an immediate custodial sentence’.

The judge warned McMonagle that if he comes back before the court in the next three years he will go to prison.

Judge McElholm said the 21-year-old he had been given a ‘chance’ by the court and must be praised for the efforts he has made in addressing his problems.