A 47-year-old Limavady man with 113 previous convictions has received a suspended jail sentence for assault.
Raymond Magee of Gorteen Crescent in the town was also sentenced at Limavady Magistrates Court on Wednesday for damaging a home monitoring system belonging to G4S on December 18, 2014.
The court heard on November 11, 2014 Magee assaulted a male, having entered the victim’s house unannounced and having “struck him about the head”. Further blows ensued as a struggle took place and the injured party broke free and ran off.
A defence solicitor for Magee said his client was a “chronic alcoholic” and “when sober he is perfectly normal, but when he hits the drink he is out of control”.
The solicitor said Magee, who he said is getting married, “is under no illusion he has to do something”.
District Judge Peter King told Magee it was simple; that he becomes a revolving door customer and he put him in a van for Maghaberry, or he must either break the offending cycle.
Judge King sentenced Magee to a total of nine months jail, suspended for three years. Judge King told Magee to “concentrate on your wedding” and “live happily ever after”.