A man who threatened to burn a woman's child alive has been given a three-month suspended jail sentence.
AHugh McCabe (20) was convicted yesterday of assault and making threats to kill during an attack on the mother in June 2008. Belfast Magistrates Court heard he confronted the woman on the Grosvenor Road in the city and began shouting at her.
Prosecutors said McCabe, whose address was given as Hydebank Young Offenders’ Centre, first struck her with a plastic bag.
“He then came forward and punched the lady to the left side of the face,” barrister Terence Mallon told the court.
“After that, as the defendant was walking away, he stated the following: ‘I'll tell you what, see when I'm on my way up later I'm going to burn the house down with the child in it.’”
Seamus Leonard, defending, stressed how his client had pleaded guilty to the offences.
Imposing a total of three months’ imprisonment, Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop suspended the prison term for three years.