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Woman who assaulted ex occasioning actual bodily harm must await sentence

The case was adjourned until the end of the month for the preparation of a presentence report

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A Lurgan woman who assaulted her ex-partner occasioning him actual bodily harm must wait until the end of this month to learn her fate.

Despite representations from the 33-year-old’s solicitor, the district judge stated that she would not be prepared to deal with the matter without the preparation of a presentence report.

Danielle Devlin, of Annesborough Road, entered a plea of guilty to the single charge at Craigavon Magistrates’, sitting at Lisburn, on Friday via videolink from her solicitor’s office.

The particulars outline that on August 9, of this year, the defendant assaulted a named male thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.

Defence solicitor Joseph Rafferty stated that he had hoped that the matter could be dealt with in the absence of a presentence report as this had been “hanging over Ms Devlin for some time”.

However, District Judge Rosie Watters commented: “This was a domestic incident; I am not happy dealing with this without a report. These are very serious charges.”

Mr Rafferty submitted that the relationship had since broken down and that he had been informed that the injured party was not seeking any ancillary application, such as a restraining order.

He added: “I do not think that this is a case in which a presentence report is going to be of any benefit”.

District Judge Watters stated: “I don’t think so, I cannot deal with a matter like this without a report.”

The case was adjourned until October 30 for the preparation of a report and sentencing.

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