Ballymena man given suspended jail term following Christmas holidays town centre assaults

Ballymena Court
Ballymena Magistrates Court

A Ballymena man who inflicted injuries, including a fractured cheek bone, on a man following an incident in the town centre during the Christmas holidays last year has been given a suspended prison term.

Connor James Christie (20), of Fisherwick Gardens, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on November 29 for sentencing.

He had assaulted two men on December 30 last year.

The court was told there had been incidents in and outside the Grouse bar.

A defence lawyer said it was clear Christie had problems when he consumed alcohol.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said they were serious offences given the nature of the injuries.

He said the defendant had a limited but relevant criminal record.

The judge noted Christie struggled with “conditions” diagnosed by medical practitioners and had alcohol issues.

The defendant was given a six months jail term, suspended for 18 months.

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