Punched man on his motorcycle helmet

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A 26-year-old man who bruised his hand by punching a motorcycle helmet was sentenced to 175 hours community service last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.

David William McConville, Newry Street, Rathfriland, admitted common assault, disorderly behaviour and assaulting a constable on September 30 last year.

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

A public prosecutor said that at 1.45am that the injured party reported that the defendant, who was extremely intoxicated, was shouting and swearing in an aggressive manner.

The victim, who was wearing a motorbike helmet, said McConville punched him on the head.

McConville then punched him again as he tried to escape punching the motorbike helmet and therefore causing no injuries.

McConville then struggled violently with police and he struck an officer on the leg.

When interviewed he admitted he had been drinking all day and wanted to get to the bottom of matters between his father and the injured party.

There were bruises to his right hand consistent with striking a hard object.

A barrister representing McConville said his client came from an established family in Rathfriland who were disappointed at his actions and behaviour.

He explained that the family had been living on the estate for 30 years and two young adults had moved into a property across the road.

They held parties and the defendant’s father had approached them about the excessive noise.

The lawyer added that McConville had approached an individual who had a helmet on and he made two strikes in a petulant mood.

He had no difficulties with the police and could only put down what happened to his anxiety when they arrived.

He said there had been no incidents since and the young adults had apologised for the noise they had been causing.

The barrister said that a probation order had been beneficial previously to the defendant.

District Judge, Mr Peter King, said McConville had previous convictions and he did not think probation was appropriate.

Imposing the community sentence he said that the defendant had over-reacted when the police arrived on the scene.