Fine for common assault outside shop

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The case was heard at Armagh Magistrates' Court.

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A 29-year-old woman has been warned that there is “no need for this type of nasty incident” after pleading guilty to a charge of common assault.

The case of Nicole Loughran, of Drumbeg, Tullygally Craigavon, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, November 19.

The court heard that on November 27 last year, a CCTV camera at the car park of SuperValu in Lurgan showed the defendant and the injured party having a dispute about a fridge.

Later on, the footage shows Loughran pushing the injured party to the chest forcing her to stumble, and after the complainant made efforts to return to her vehicle, she was followed by Loughran who forced her to the ground via hair pulling and punching.

In her defence, the court was told that Loughran accepts she was the first person to lay hands but she was antagonised by something that was said from the injured party.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £400 fine for the offence.

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