NI youth footballer sentenced for assault

A Northern Ireland youth international footballer has been given a suspended jail term for assault and possession of a knife.

Jordan Hazlett (18), of 35 Rossdale, Derry admitted the offences, and a further charge of failing to answer his bail, when he appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

The charges relate to an incident in the Clooney Estate when he threatened a person with a knife on May 23 this year. District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant was found wandering around “so drunk he had no idea what he was doing”. He said the injured party was “put in fear” of an assault with a knife after being threatened by the defendant. A defence solicitor said his client was a Northern Ireland youth international footballer “of enormous talent” who has plans to travel to Rio for an international tournament this year. Hazlett was given a five month jail term, which was suspended for three years. He was also fined £500.