Four month prison sentence after "nasty incident"

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


A Craigavon man, who was involved in a “particularly nasty incident”, has been jailed for four months pending appeal.

The case of Patrick Joseph Sheppard, (32), of Pinebank, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, November 19.

The court heard that on March 21 this year, the defendant was in an intoxicated state and hit a window belonging to the injured party leaving her frightened.

A male exited the vehicle and he was punched by the defendant and suffered a sprained wrist and a black eye, with a further hit to the car window causing it to crack.

A short time later, Sheppard was spotted by officers in Bridge Street, Portadown, where was reported to be shouting at police and gritting his teeth. Furthermore, the defendant resisted police when arrested.

Whilst in the police cell, Sheppard kicked an officer in the back of the head.

In total, Sheppard pleaded guilty to charges of common assault, assault on police, disorderly behaviour, resisting police, criminal damage and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

In his defence, the court was told that this would present a “difficult sentencing exercise” due to the fact the defendant had two suspended sentences hanging over his head. It was further stated on his behalf that that his mental health was low during the time of the offence but he is now in a “healthy place” with a new relationship and the support of his family.

District Judge Bernie Kelly shared her dismay at Sheppard’s behaviour saying: “This was a particularly nasty incident. The two people were complete strangers to you but you decided to pick on them in the manner that you did.”

For all offences, the defendant was imposed with a three month custodial sentence.

In regards to the two breaches of suspended sentences, Sheppard received one month prison sentences for each which are to run concurrently with each other.

However, the one month sentence is to run consecutively with the three month sentence – totalling four months in prison.

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