A 45-year old farm labourer who assaulted his brother-in-law in a pub toilet has been given 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay £500 compensation.
Alan David Morrison, of Bunnahesco Road, Lisnaskea pleased guilty to common assault and appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court.
The prosecutor explained that on May 28, 2013 in the Oasis bar in Magheraveely the defendant had been drinking in the same location as his brother-in-law, the injured party. When the injured party went to the toilet he was followed by Morrison who pushed him into the toilet cubicles causing him to fall and bang his head. He then proceeded to punch him twice in the face. A medical report revealed the injured party sustained significant injuries after the attack.
Morrison was arrested on May 29 and during interview he confirmed he had been involved in an altercation and admitted pushing the injured party, but denied punching him.
In a further interview on July 6 Morrison made a full admission of guilt, confirming he had indeed punched his brother-in-law twice in the face after pushing him. He told police he felt no remorse for what he had done, stating his only regret were the consequences he now faced.
Niall Bogue, defending, noted that Morrison did made a full admission of his guilt and had experienced considerable remorse since the events. Mr Bogue claimed Morrison’s actions were the result of a long-standing family disagreement, but acknowledged this was no excuse.
District judge Nigel Broderick said that due to the seriousness of these matters Morrison was not suitable for a sole monetary penalty and instead imposed the community service order, along with compensation to the injured party.
The judge added that should the father-of-three breach the order he would be returned to court.