A 23-year-old man who punched his father several times in the face was jailed for a total of nine months last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.
He was Stefan Scappaticci, Victoria Park, Banbridge, and he admitted a serious of offences.
For assault occasioning actual bodily harm on July 23 last year he was given six months in prison while a concurrent three month sentence was imposed for disorderly behaviour at Church Square, Banbridge.
He was jailed for three months for an assault on Anthony Scappaticci on September 20 and two months for attempted criminal damage.
These sentences are to run concurrently to each other but consecutive to the previous sentences making a total of nine months in prison.
The court heard that on July 23 in the early hours of the morning at the Coach night club the defendant punched a male on the face. The victim suffered a black eye and a chipped tooth.
Scappaticci was identified on CCTV coverage and when police arrived he was generally obnoxious to them. He had alcohol taken. On September 20 last year at Huntly Road Scappaticci had been travelling with his father at around 4pm when there were words spoken between them.
The father asked the defendant to get out of the car and then Scappaticci punched his father five or six times on the left side of the face.
When he got out of the car the defendant punched the rear passenger door.
A barrister representing the defendant said he had been in custody since September 21 last year and his release date was January 13.
He explained that his client had been in a long term relationship and in that time did not find himself before court.
Explaining the night club incident the lawyer said that Scappaticci met a girl he had been previously with and when he saw her later embrace the injured party he lashed out.
District Judge, Mr Peter King, pointed out that on September 10 last year the defendant had been sentenced to six months in prison but was on released on appeal and that the offence in September had been committed while he was on bail.
The barrister said that the defendant’s father was in court and wanted to support his son.
Judge King said he had carefully considered the pre-sentence report .
He added that Scappaticci had 15 previous convictions ranging from arson through to serious assaults including burglary and driving offences.
The judge said it was not a question of whether or not to send him to prison but for how long.