Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Assault case man faces threat court hears

A man convicted of a street attack cannot carry out community service because he is under threat, a court has heard.

Samuel Sloan was instead handed a three-month suspended jail term after a judge heard certain locations have become no-go areas.

The 40-year-old, of Ransevyn Drive, Whitehead, Co Antrim, attacked a man near his home on December 27 last year. The victim claimed he was repeatedly punched to the back of the head and shoved to the ground before attempts were made to kick him.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Sloan had admitted inflicting some of the blows but denied trying to kick the victim's head.

He told police the assault was connected to the victim making slashing gestures at him.

Defence solicitor Sarah McKeown told the court the incident was connected to previous harassment of her client's children.

Explaining Sloan's reluctance to carry out community service, she revealed two separate threats have been made against him.

Sloan's three months in jail for common assault was suspended for two years.

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