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Wife Was Punched In Face On Portrush Caravan Holiday After ‘Cabin Fever’ Allegedly Broke Out

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A man punched his wife in the face during a week’s holiday at a caravan on the north coast after, according to a defence lawyer, “cabin fever ensued”.

Patrick Mooney (37), of Clonmore Gardens in Omagh, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday and admitted a charge of common assault.

A prosecutor said police were contacted by a night watchman at Juniper Hill Caravan Park between Portrush and Portstewart following a disturbance on August 3 this year. Mooney was observed punching his wife in the face.

A defence lawyer said the couple were in the Portrush area for a week on holiday and drink had been taken in a caravan where “effectively cabin fever ensued”.
The lawyer said his client was remorseful and accepted there was no excuse for what he did.

Imposing a four months jail sentence, suspended for two years, District Judge Peter King told the defendant: “This was a holiday you are going to remember for quite some time”.

The judge said it was “disgraceful and completely unacceptable behaviour”.

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