Prison warning given in assault case

Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel
Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel

If he has not paid £50 compensation and completed his community service by the time he next appears in a court a 24-year-old man will face a prison sentence.

Timothy John Hudson, Kiloanin Crescent, Banbridge, was convicted of common assault and criminal damage when he appeared at the local court on November 12 last year.

He was given 100 hours community service and ordered to pay £50 compensation. But he failed to attend for unpaid work and probation applied to have the community service orders revoked.

However last week’s court heard he was now co-operating with probation and only had 22 hours left to complete.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, asked Hudson had the compensation been paid.

The defendant admitted he had not paid it but said that he would. Adjourning the case until June 9 Judge Copeland told the defendant that if he had not paid the compensation and completed the hours by that date he would be going to jail.