A man who launched a “disgraceful history” of abuse at a woman has been handed a suspended sentence and been ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation.
The judge told the 34-year-old: “I am prepared to suspend that period of custody as your plea of guilty prevented this woman from having to come to court to give evidence outlining the torrid affair.”
Hyucein Lyotin, of Knockninny Park in Enniskillen, appeared for sentencing on two counts of common assault, two counts of threats to kill and criminal damage at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
A pre-sentence report had been ordered in the case on the last occasion with District Judge Paul Copeland commenting he was concerned about the “domestic element” of the offences.
Speaking on Tuesday, he said: “This was a disgraceful history of your abuse of this woman, my inclination was to impose a custodial sentence because I was convinced the custody threshold had been crossed.
“But I am prepared to suspend that period of custody as your plea of guilty prevented this woman from having to come to court to give evidence outlining the torrid affair”.
Judge Copeland added: “I am also going to order that you pay compensation to the injured party in the case as your behaviour was appalling”.
Lyotin was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for a period of two years.
In addition, he was ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation to the injured party in the case.