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Custody remand for man who court told kicked, punched and stamped on assault victim

Defendant disputing facts of case claiming it was a one punch incident

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A man who court heard punched, kicked and stamped on another male has been remanded in custody for a further fortnight before learning his fate.

A district judge said that a pre-sentence report would be required as the 35-year-old disputed the facts claiming this was a one punch incident.

Danas Savicius, 35, of Donegall Road in Belfast, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, via videolink from Maghaberry.

Court heard that the offence occurred back on September 19, 2015.

Prosecution stated the defendant was seen on CCTV punching the injured party to the face before punching, kicking and stamping on him.

The injured party ended up with bruising to his face.

Speaking out in court, Savicius said: “I punched him once only, this is my first offence in 35 years, I got into a fight.”

Defence counsel stated that the defendant was “eager” to have the matter dealt with as he had already spent three weeks on remand in prison.

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented: “I am going to need a pre-sentence report given the difficulties in this case.

“He seems to have an issue with the facts and I may have to view the CCTV footage.”

She added: “He claims that this was one punch but prosecution have outlined that he kicked and stamped on the injured party.

“This will make a very big difference when it comes to sentencing.”

Savicius was remanded in custody to appear before court on April 12 for sentencing.

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