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Artist who tried to box Queen's University Belfast security staff avoids jail

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who adopted a boxer's stance before charging at security guards on the grounds of Queen's University in Belfast has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Brendan McDermott (46), who was described as an “artist” when he appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court, was charged with one count of common assault. His address was given as ‘no fixed abode' but the court heard he had recently been living in a squat in the city.

A representative from the PPS said a “heavily intoxicated” McDermott was on the grounds of the university on July 2 this year when he was challenged by security guards. He adopted a boxer’s stance and charged at the security staff with clenched fists.

He swung his fist and the punch glanced the head and neck of one of them.

A defence solicitor said McDermott was accepting the charge, but had “no great recollection” of events as he had been at a concert the previous night and had then proceeded to a house party where he got “very drunk”.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall handed McDermott a one-month sentence, which was suspended for a year.

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