‘Woman opted for prison instead of being bailed to a hostel’ – barrister

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The Simon Community hostel in Larne. Picture – Google.

A court heard a woman was told she could get bail to a number of Simon Community hostels but she opted instead to be remanded in prison.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said Stacey Watterson (27), who had been living at the organisation’s Larne hostel, made the decision when she first appeared in court charged with assaulting a man.

The defendant was back in court on Thursday, in Ballymena, via video link, from Hydebank Prison.

She pleaded guilty to the assault.

A prosecutor said a man said he was punched on the back of the head by the defendant for no known reason at the Larne Simon Community hostel on July 31 this year.

The defendant told police she had been drinking Captain Morgan’s at the time.

Mr Moore said Watterson felt the man “was in her face”.

He said she was originally told she could have been bailed to any other Simon Community hostel in Northern Ireland apart from Larne.

At Thursday’s court the defendant was given a one month jail term but has already served it because of her time on remand.

 

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