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Prison sentence for men in pub assault

Thursday, 3 November 2016

THREE men from Ballymoney, who carried out a "disgusting" assault outside a local bar against two individuals, have been sentenced to three months in prison.
33-year-old Garth David Hamilton and 43-year-old William Daniel Allen, both from Alexandra Avenue in Ballymoney, along with 23-year-old Bobby Morrison Smith from The Crescent, all faced charges of Common Assault. Smith faced a further charge of disorderly behaviour.
The trio appeared in North Antrim Magistrates Court sitting in Coleraine on Friday, October 29 having pleaded guilty to the charges.
The prosecution said that on November 14 last year at approximately 1.35am police received a call regarding a male being struck over the head with a bottle outside a bar on Market Street. He was reported to be unconscious with an ambulance en route.
Upon arrival police spoke with staff and secured CCTV footage of the assault, identifying the three defendants. It showed Mr Allen outside the Bush Tavern chatting to the victim, before stepping forward and head-butting him in an unprovoked attack. She described the victim as having his hands held up, unable to defend himself. Mr Hamilton then began punching him.
She continued: "At that point the second victim tried to restrain Hamilton at which point Mr Smith emerged from the bar, approaching this victim from behind and hitting him over the head with a bottle. He then fell to the ground where he remained unconscious." The three men were arrested at their homes by officers. Items of clothing Mr Smith and Mr Hamilton wore on the night were taken as evidence. During interview the men denied any involvement until they were shown the CCTV footage.

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