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Probation for Armagh man who reported himself to police for assaulting his wife

He admitted punching his wife three or four times

An Armagh man who contacted police to report that he had assaulted his wife has been sentenced to 12 months probation.

Court heard the 33-year-old admitted punching his wife three or four times, despite her not wishing to make a complaint.

Ashley Kirkbride, of Oakwood, appeared for sentencing on one charge of common assault at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday via videolink from his solicitor’s office.

Prosecution outlined that on September 21, at 9.05pm, police were contacted by the defendant who claimed to have assaulted his wife.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the injured party who stated she had been assaulted but did not wish to make a complaint.

Kirkbride admitted to punching his wife three or four times. He was arrested for the offence and made similar admissions during interview.

Defence solicitor Chris Rafferty stated his client had shown “remorse”, “regret” and “shame” in his pre-sentence report, pointing to the fact it was he who had contacted police.

The solicitor added that Kirkbride had been living with his mother-in-law whilst on bail, which led to him being separated from his wife and children for some months.

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “Mr Kirkbride, domestic violence is a matter which the court takes very seriously…however, you reported the matter yourself to police.”

The defendant was sentenced to complete a 12 month probation order for the offence before the court

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