Sentenced for assault in Chip shop

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A Claudy man who assaulted another man in a chip shop has had a four month sentence suspended for two years.

Barry McLaughlin, of Pinewood Crescent in the village, pleaded guilty to two assaults and disorderly behaviour.

The offences were committed between March and May last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 28-year-old went into a chip shop in Claudy and kicked the injured party in the stomach before punching him.

A couple of days later he assaulted the same man by pushing him in the chest and warned him to leave the village.

McLaughlin also assaulted his girlfriend during one incident and kicked her to the ribs and kicked her to the ground.

Defence solicitor Ciaran McGuinness told the court McLaughlin has issues with drugs and alcohol.

Suspending the sentence District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered the 28-year-old to spend a year on probation.