Judge warns 'domestic violence is serious'

Judge warns 'domestic violence is serious'

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man, who pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault, has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

The case of Ryan Thompson, (32), of Wolfe Island Terrace, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse on Friday, September 3.

The court heard that on May 28 this year, the injured party of the case noticed the defendant in her kitchen in an agitated state and he closed the door on her arm.

After further disturbances upstairs, the injured party was pushed under her bed by Thompson.

No significant injuries were sustained in either incident.

In his defence, the court was told that Thompson was keen “to put this incident behind him” and that was “embarrassed to be in court” and has abstained from alcohol since then.

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated that “any form of domestic violence is serious” and imposed a two month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

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