30 Sept 2022

Man ordered to pay £750 to victim of Christmas Eve assault in Derry bar after he suffered two black eyes

A 22-year-old man has been handed a suspended sentence over a Christmas Eve assault which left the victim with two black eyes. Jamie Ferguson admitted assaulting the man on December 24. The court heard that the injured party and his partner were in Granny Annies in the Diamond in Derry and they were out dancing. The court was told they were approached by Ferguson who was the woman's former partner. The defendant proceeded to punch the man several times before being restrained by door staff. The injured party sustained redness to his face and two black eyes. The court was told the defendant later presented himself at Strand Road police station. Defence solicitor, Michael Magee said his client had been drinking all day on Christmas Eve. He said he had offered his apologies and accepted that is behaviour was 'completely out of order.' District Judge Barney McElholm told the court that in 2015 the defendant, from the Victoria Road in Strabane, had been given probation which 'obviously hadn't worked.' He sentenced him to four months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered him to pay the injured party the sum of £750.

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