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28/09/2021

Suspended jail sentence for man who was 'too quick with his fists' in dispute with neighbour

Derry courthouse
A dispute between neighbours resulted in a local man being made homeless and spending some days in custody Derry Magistrate's Court heard today. David Barr (19), of no fixed abode, was charged with criminal damage to a letterbox, disorderly behaviour and common assault on 20 January last. The court was told that police were called to a dispute at flats in Great James Street area at 2.30am. They were told that a dispute had arisen between two residents of a block of flats and had spilled out onto the street. Barr was led away but returned and punched a letterbox belonging to a neighbour causing damage estimated at £50. Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client was involved in a dispute with a neighbour of around the same age. He said that fortunately there were no injuries and said his client accepted he was "too quick with his fists." The solicitor said as a result Barr had lost his accommodation and spent a few days in custody. Barr was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years.

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