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.