Assault victim was abusive

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An assault victim who was found lying on the ground at the Belmont Hotel in Banbridge became aggressive towards police who arrived on the scene.

Nathan Thompson (20), Ballymacoss Drive, Lisburn, was sentenced for disorderly behaviour and resisting police when he appeared last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.

For each offence he was put on probation for 12 months.

The court heard that at 1.30am on January 10 this year police found the defendant lying on the ground in the car park at the Belmont Hotel.

He was heavily intoxicated and became aggressive towards police and members of the public.

He was arrested for disorderly behaviour and attempted to evade police.

After the incident he was remorseful.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

A solicitor representing the defendant said Thompson had been assaulted and was on the ground when police arrived.

The alcohol took over and he did not accept the advice of the police.

He added that the defendant expressed remorse to the police when he had settled himself down.

The solicitor said that Thompson was extremely apprehensive that a suspended sentence he had would be activated.

Deputy District Judge Amanda Brady said she would not invoke the suspended sentence because it was for a different type of offence.