Ballymena Court: Husband and wife attacked at taxi office after night out

A COUPLE were assaulted at a taxi office after being out in Ballymena during the Christmas holidays, the town’s court heard.

Thomas Ward (26), with an address listed as Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police attended a report of a disturbance in the area of TC Cabs at Ballymoney Street around 2.30am on December 29 last year.

The prosecutor said the following day the couple made complaints to police after attending hospital for “minor injuries”.

The prosecutor said the couple had been at the Grouse bar and left around 1am and made their way to the taxi office and the “next thing” the man remembered was being “pulled out of the office” and ending up on the ground where he curled into a ball as two males kicked him multiple times “around the head”.

The woman tried to pull the males off her husband and she was then “punched on the head” by Ward.

The prosecutor said other people intervened and the two attackers left.

The court heard the man suffered “minor injuries to the face” including some small cuts and the woman had a “swollen ear and bumps to the side of her head”.

The court heard a co-accused had made a “full admission” and expressed his “genuine remorse” and disgust at his actions and is due in court in November.

Ward told police he could not recall the night in question but made full admissions to two charges of assault after viewing CCTV and he also expressed his “remorse and shame”.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said on the night in question the defendant and the other man had consumed a large amount of alcohol and had more drink than usual.

The lawyer said Ward, who had a previously clear record, had “no recollection” but had expressed his remorse and disgust.

The court was told the defendant “lost” his retail job when the covid lockdown arrived.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had been a “nasty” incident and said thankfully the injuries sustained by the couple appeared to be at a “lower level”.

The defendant was ordered to do 120 hours of Community Service.

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