A man who “lost the head” and kicked and punched a man who was in bed with his ex-partner has been ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and also has to pay £500 compensation to the victim.
David John Cairns (30), whose address was given as Glebe Road near Rasharkin, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday December 27 for sentencing on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breaching a Non-Molestation Order in Ahoghill on June 8, 2018.
He previously admitted the offences.
A prosecution lawyer said the defendant was in contravention of a Non-Molestation Order taken out by his former partner and after dragging a male from bed Cairns punched and kicked the man several times.
The defendant, who had a previously clear record, told police: “I pulled him clean out of the bed onto the floor. I lost the head”.
The injured party attended hospital with swelling to his head and bruising to other parts of his body but there were no reports of anything being broken.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the actions were those of a man who was having difficulty coming to terms with the break-up of an on-off relationship which had lasted around ten years.
The lawyer said Cairns ex-partner was “in the arms of another man” and that during a struggle, Cairns suffered a broken arm and wrist and also had to go to hospital but that afterwards both men “shook hands”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the attack by Cairns was “a poor piece of behaviour” and that during the incident not only had he inflicted an “unwarranted assault” on the man but it was aggravated by breaching a Non-Molestation Order.
The judge took into account the plea of guilty; clear record and an expression of remorse by the defendant, who he said, was deemed a “low likelihood of re-offending”.
Ordering him to do 180 hours of Community Service he also told Cairns to pay £500 compensation to the other man.