Jail sentence for a man who ‘dragged’ his partner into his house in Carnlough

Conor James O’Neill (40), with an address formerly listed in the Croft Road area of ​​Carnlough but now listed as a hostel on Trostan Avenue in Ballymena, also told his partner to ‘hang himself’, the Ballymena Magistrates Court. .

He admitted to assaulting his partner and stealing her purse and mobile phone on Wednesday February 23 this year.

A previous court heard the incident happened around 10pm at an address in Carnlough.

Ballymena courthouse
Ballymena Courthouse

The victim was left with a cut lip, “bumps on his forehead” and bruises on his leg and ribs.

The police were able to bring the purse back soon after.

A defense lawyer acknowledged that it was a “despicable” attack and the defendant wished to offer an “unconditional and unequivocal” apology.

The attorney said O’Neill’s recollection of the incident was “obscured” by the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

He said the defendant was “a man with his own demons”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “very serious case of domestic violence”, the details of which he said were “quite heartbreaking”.

He added: “I have no doubt it would have been a traumatic event for the victim.”

A two-year restraining order was also put in place.

Bail in the amount of £500 has been set for appeal.

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