Suspended sentence for assault

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who assaulted his girlfriend has had a four month sentence suspended for two years.

Tyrone Robert Conor McLaughlin, of Kular Court, pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault on March 25, 2012.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 22-year-old and his girlfriend were drinking in his mother’s house in the early hours of the morning.

He was sending text messages on his mobile phone and the injured party took it off him ‘as a joke’.

McLaughlin punched the woman several times on the face and she fell on a glass.

As a result of the assault, she sustained a bloodied and swollen nose, bruising to her face and a bloodshot eye.

McLaughlin’s mother came into the room and when she saw what had happened she phoned the police.

Defence solicitor Michael McGee told the court his client has ‘expressed remorse and regret’ for his behaviour and ‘offers his apologies to the injured party’.

He said McLaughlin was only 19-years-old at the time and this was his ‘first serious relationship’.

Mr McGee said there was no domestic violence history between the former couple and his client has not got into any trouble in the last three years.

He told the court this incident ‘was a spur of the moment thing and it will never happen again’.

Suspending a four month sentence for two years, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘this sort of violence will not be tolerated’.

He also ordered McLaughlin to pay £500 compensation to the injured party.