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Prison sentence for man convicted of three counts of common assault

A Portadown man convicted of criminal damage and three counts of common assault has been sentenced to three months in prison after failing to complete his community-based order.

George Matchett, 34, of Ballyhoran Park appeared before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after he breached his community-based order, which was placed on him in October of last year.

Defence barrister Mr Thompson stated the had been “a number of different issues” which had led to the defendant not attending with probation.

He informed the court that Matchett “struggles with mental health” in particular, voices in his head, which he had been “wrongly medicated for”.

Mr Thompson also informed the court the defendant had “not been sleeping well” but was now “normalised”.

The barrister asked District Judge Kelly to “consider the man’s circumstance”.

Judge Kelly was quick to point out that Matchett had also missed one of his appointments as he was in custody for a fine default.

The defendant was sentenced to three months in prison, but this decision was appealed by Mr Thompson.

Matchett was released on his own bail of £250.

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