Woman and girl (13) assaulted and crockery smashed

Ballymena Court

A MAN who assaulted a woman and a 13-year-old girl and smashed crockery during an incident in the Suffolk Street area of Ballymena on New Year’s Eve has been given a five months prison term, suspended for three years.

Andrew Gill (34), of no fixed abode in Ballymena, was at the town’s Magistrates Court in connection with charges of assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage.

The court heard police were told the defendant had pushed the girl into a table and a woman into a wall and was also shouting in the street.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had expressed “disgust” at what he had done.
Gill had been drinking, it was said.

The defence lawyer claimed there had been a karaoke event and another person had been present and trouble erupted.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “Courts take a dim view of violence of this nature, especially when a young child is involved”.

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