Man who punched girlfriend several times in the face before hitting her on the back of head with a beer bottle is jailed for eight months

A MAN who punched his girlfriend several times on the face and head before hitting her on the back of her head with a beer bottle has been jailed for eight months.

Gareth Paul Bradley (32), with an address listed as The Traveller’s Rest, Galgorm Road, Ballymena, admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A charge of possessing an offensive weapon – a bottle – at Galgorm Road was withdrawn.

The defendant appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Thursday in relation to an incident on October 30 last year.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “serious” matter and he would need a pre-sentence report but a defence lawyer said the defendant had been in custody since November 1 when he was unable to perfect bail and he was waiving his right to a report.

A prosecutor said police received a call about an incident outside the Traveller’s Rest hostel where both the defendant and the woman had been living.

There had been a verbal argument and the defendant then punched the woman a number of times on the face and head and a short time later she was hit on the head with a bottle of beer.

The relationship ended, the court heard.

The lawyer said the defendant had been assaulted during the incident by the woman and suffered injuries which required hospital treatment.

The court heard the defendant had been “fuelled” by alcohol and drugs and he was “ashamed of his actions”.

Jailing Bradley, District Judge Nigel Broderick said it had been a “very serious matter” which involved “viciousness” being displayed by the defendant.

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