Man who admitted charges of assaulting two female shop workers gets three months jail term

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A Ballymena man who pleaded guilty to assaulting two female shop workers has been jailed for three months.

Terence Adam Donegan (25), of Dunvale, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on August 16 where a prosecutor said on February 25 this year Donegan entered a shop at Dunvale and because he was shouting he was asked to leave.

He began reading newspapers and knocked items off shelves.

He “squared up” to a member of staff and became verbally abusive to another member of staff and swung his arm which struck her on the side of the face.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant had taken alcohol and “some illicit substance” and had not felt he had done anything wrong to merit being asked to leave.

In his intoxicated state he was aggrieved and “didn’t behave particularly responsibly”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said Donegan had a previous record and his behaviour had been “quite atrocious”.

He said two young females were working in a shop and the defendant had gone in and assaulted them including hitting one of them on the face.

The defendant was released on bail pending appeal.

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