A MAN who punched a woman and man in the face, also grabbed another woman by the throat and elbowed another female against a wall, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.
Michal Czerwinski (32), with an address listed as Carolhill Park in Ballymena, was sentenced for four assaults which happened on July 8 this year.
A prosecutor said that on July 8 this year police attended High Street in Ballymena following a report of a “Polish male” shouting abuse at a female resident.
When police arrived officers saw the defendant was aggressive to other residents.
A woman said she was pushed against wall by the defendant’s elbow and another woman said Czerwinski had punched her three times on the face causing swelling and a cut.
The defendant was arrested and taken to Antrim Police Station.
Whilst there, it emerged there had been other assaults. A woman said the defendant “shoved his chest into her” and grabbed her throat causing scratches to her neck.
The woman’s partner was also punched in the face by Czerwinski.
Defence solicitor John McAtamney said the defendant made full admissions.
He said Czerwinski had a long history of mental illness and was diagnosed in the past with paranoid personality disorder and depressive psychosis.
The lawyer said the defendant had been detained under the Mental Health Act in previous years.
Mr McAtamney accepted the “the facts do not make for good reading” and he said Czerwinski wished to apologise.
On the date in question, according to the defence lawyer, it appeared the defendant had consumed excessive alcohol which combined with anti-psychotic medicine.
The lawyer said the defendant was “ashamed” of what he had done.
The defence solicitor said Czerwinski has lived here for 15 years with a clear record and worked as a welder but been unemployed for the last six years due to “incapacity”.
The defendant was ordered to do 75 hours of Community Service to deal with a “lack of structure” in his life and was also put on Probation for a year with a condition that he engages in treatment for his mental health.