18 Aug 2022

Man described as a 'blight' on Derry is jailed after hitting vulnerable man during 'disgraceful' attack in the city centre

District Judge Barney McElholm describesd a local man as 'blight on this city' before jailing him for five months. Liam Bradley of no fixed abode admitted two charges of assault and disorderly behaviour on October 21. The court heard that CCTV operators alerted police to an assault in the city centre. They responded and found a 66-year-old intoxicated man sitting on the ground. They told him he had been assaulted by the defendant who was located nearby. When police approached him he became aggressive and started shouting about 'paedophiles' The court was told that the CCTV showed the defendant offering the injured party a cigarette and then pulling it away before shouting into the man's face. He then 'blindsided' the injured party striking him twice on the side of the head. A defence barrister said his client was well known to the court and had 'no structure to his life.' District Judge Barney McElholm said it was 'a disgraceful, thuggish attack on a very vulnerable person' followed by the shouting of 'filthy' comments. He jailed Bradley who has 243 previous convictions for five months.

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