Father and son are given suspended sentences over incidents involving a Ballymena shop worker

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsApp A FATHER and son have been given suspended jail terms in connection with incidents involving a shop worker in Ballymena. James Beggs (53), of Herbison Park, Ballymena, was given a five months jail term, suspended for two years, for harassing a female between December 2017 and February last year. At Ballymena Magistrates Court on […]

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A FATHER and son have been given suspended jail terms in connection with incidents involving a shop worker in Ballymena.

James Beggs (53), of Herbison Park, Ballymena, was given a five months jail term, suspended for two years, for harassing a female between December 2017 and February last year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday, District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant he was making a finding that the incident had been aggravated by hostility.

The judge said the defendant had made comments about the victim being a foreign national.

James Beggs Jnr (26), of the same address, was given a two months jail term, suspended for a year, for assaulting the woman’s partner in February last year.

A prosecutor said there had been an incident at TK Maxx in Ballymena when Beggs Snr was “verbally abusive” to a female shop worker.

A number of weeks later, the prosecutor said, Beggs Snr saw the woman and her partner elsewhere in Ballymena and he was making reference about foreigners.

Beggs Jnr got out of a vehicle and struck the driver side window of another vehicle.

The incident was recorded on a mobile phone.

The Beggs were previously convicted after contesting the charges.

A defence barrister told the court on February 21 that any reference to there being a racist motive was denied and that appeals regarding the legal proceedings were being lodged.

Both men had bail fixed for appeal.

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