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Man who assaulted father and police officer handed six month prison sentence

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A man who assaulted his father and a police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Court heard that the 33-year-old had a suspended sentences imposed in January of last year totalling four months.

Christopher Hughes, of no fixed abode, appeared for sentencing on common assault and assault on police at Craigavon Magistrates’, via videolink from Maghaberry.

Prosecution outlined that on September 20, at 4.22pm, police received a report from the defendant’s father regarding an ongoing incident.

Hughes was arrested and placed in the rear of a police vehicle, whilst being conveyed to custody he kicked one constable three times and shouted “up the ra”.

During interview, the defendant claimed that he could no remember kicking the officer.

Defence barrister David McKeown stated: “From his record, you can see this is a man who does not have his troubles to seek.”

He informed court that Hughes had been granted High Court bail to reside with his parents but this address had since been withdrawn, with him having no spent 37 days in custody.

Court heard that the defendant had a suspended sentences imposed in January of last year totalling four months.

Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes commented: “I think he has done the sensible thing here and he has taken good advice”.

Hughes was sentenced to two months in prison for the offences before the court, the suspended sentence were put into operation and ordered to run consecutively, making a total of six months.

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