A Coleraine man, appearing at North Antrim Magistrates Court on Monday, 9th March was warned that he is facing a Prison Sentence for punching a woman in July of last year.
29 Year Old Christopher Donnell denied the charge of Assault, causing Actual Bodily Harm but after a contested hearing, the 29-year-old was found guilty of the offence.
When giving evidence, the victim said that she had been at the home of her friend’s mother when Mr Donnell arrived at around 7:30pm, demanding a key for his ex-partner’s house.
The victim said that Donnell’s ex-partner was in bed, trying to sleep when he started shouting and arguin with her and that she got up and started shouting at him to leave the house and that her mother also asked him to leave.
Donnell then verbally abused the victim who followed him, told him to “just leave” but he refused. She guided him towards the door, but he turned to come back in. The victim was attempting to push him out of the house when he struck her above her left eye, causing her to fall back in to the hall. Donnell then went back in to the house but left when the police were called.
The woman claimed to have been left with permanent scarring above her left eye. Photos of the injuries were shown to District Judge Liam McNally.
Donnell denied the assault, claiming that the woman’s injuries were caused by her either tripping or falling in the hall and said that he “didn’t lift a hand to anyone in the house.”
The Judge however did not accept this version of events and was satisfied that Donnell had struck the woman, causing her injuries.
Sentencing was adjourned until Thursday 9th April for the preparation of a probation report. Judge McNally warned Mr Donnell that the likely outcome of the case is a Custodial Sentence.
Source: Coleraine Chronicle.