Woman was bitten, punched and kicked and only escaped when her attacker fell asleep at hotel

A woman was bitten, punched and kicked and was only able to escape when her attacker fell asleep at a hotel, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

James Symington (27), with an address listed as Maghaberry Prison, was previously sentenced for the attack, described as a “domestic incident”, and was back in court for failing to adhere to an alcohol prohibition as part of a Probation Order.

In June last year the defendant was convicted at Antrim Magistrates Court for offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault on police and criminal damage.

He appeared via video link from prison at Ballymena Magistrates Court, today and District Judge Nigel Broderick revoked the Order and replaced it with a six months prison sentence.

The court heard it had been a “nasty” assault in a hotel when a female had her arm bitten and hair pulled by Symington.

He also punched her on the jaw and kicked her and he stopped her leaving but she was able to escape when he fell asleep.

The woman’s injuries included a one-inch gash in the area of her throat.

The court heard the defendant had also been abusive at a hospital and he spat at a police officer.

When cautioned he replied to a police officer: “Good for you”.

Revoking the Order and jailing Symington, Judge Broderick it was a “serious assault on a defenceless female”.

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