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Man maintains innocence following sentence for ‘one punch’ incident

A man with a Coleraine address who was previously found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm on a man in a “one punch” incident in the early hours of July 13, 2017, maintains his innocence, the town’s Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Jonathan Pendleton (41), of Kingsbury Gardens, had been convicted of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man and was back at court for sentencing.

A prosecutor said the injured party was struck with one punch causing a cheek bone fracture.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the defendant, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, “maintains his innocence”.

Prior to the incident, the lawyer said Pendleton was a “man of good character” and he is a carer for a young daughter.

The barrister said this had been his first ever appearance at court and it happened after one punch in “drunken circumstances”.

Mr Rafferty said it had been a “momentary lapse” and said it was “not a cut and dried case”.

District Judge Peter King said the assault had been “despicable” and he had previously found the version of events put forward by Pendleton as “unbelievable”.

He sentenced the defendant to seven months in prison, suspended for three years, and ordered the defendant to pay the injured party £500 compensation.

The court heard Pendleton wished to appeal the conviction and he was given £500 bail.

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