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18/09/2021

Court hears victim suffered bleeding to the brain and a broken bone in their forehead following attack outside Derry nightclub

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A 20-year-old Derry man will be sentenced next month after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man outside a Derry night club. Jack Bergin of Cypress Grove appeared at Derry Crown Court where his trial was due to begin tomorrow. However, he was re-arraigned on two charges one of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man on June 16 2016 and another charge of assaulting a different man on the same date and he pleaded guilty. The incidents occurred outside a night club in Shipquay Street. The court had been told that one of the injured parties had suffered bleeding to the brain and a broken bone in their forehead. A prosecution barrister told the court that the injured party 'did not want the consequences of the incident to ruin the life of his attacker.' He added that the victim with the more serious injuries 'bears no animus' against the defendant and he accepts the injuries were not intended. Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey said that this was 'very generous' particularly as she had read he medical reports in the case. Defence barrister Mr. Eoghain Devlin said the defendant had a completely clear record. The case was adjourned so a pre-sentence report could be prepared and also a victim impact report and will be heard on July 4.

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