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Man is given suspended jail term for ‘unprovoked’ attack at a Portrush nightclub

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A man who punched an unknown man a number of times in a an “unprovoked” attack at a Portrush night club, resulting in a chipped tooth and bruising around an eye, has been given a four months jail term, suspended for 18 months.

Brandon Millar (19), of Orkney Drive, Ballymena, was at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Friday for sentencing after previously admitting a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The incident happened at Kelly’s in the early hours of May 31 last year.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the defendant, who had a previously clear record, will “always be reminded of his foolishness” because he received an injury when his hand “caught” in the other man’s mouth.

Mr Rafferty said a pre-sentence report showed Millar was a low likelihood of re-offending.

District Judge Peter King said the attack was “clearly unprovoked” and the fact that it happened in a night club was an aggravating feature.

Imposing a suspended jail term, the judge also ordered the defendant to pay £350 to the injured party.

“Hopefully, this is the last time you will find yourself in this position,” Judge King told Millar.

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