Brothers who stamped on victim's head avoid prison
Two brothers who jumped on a man's head during fighting at Portrush's railway station have walked from court with suspended sentences.
Ray Daniel Hanson (32), of Glenarm Avenue, and Arthur Hanson (28), of Glentaisie Park, both Portrush, were each given six months in jail, suspended for two years, for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and disorderly behaviour. They also have to pay the victim compensation of £500.
A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday that at 10pm on June 30, 2015, police received a report of a fight on Eglinton Street in the town involving up to 20 "friends" who had been drinking all day near the harbour before "things turned sour". One group chased another into the train station, where fighting continued.
The prosecutor said a witness saw the Hanson brothers "jump" on the head of a man who was knocked unconscious, and females were also injured during the disturbance. The victim, she said, subsequently suffered "sickness and headaches".
Arthur Hanson also assaulted two females during the incident.
Defence solicitor John Murphy said others involved in the trouble had previously been dealt with at court. He said Ray Hanson was not part of the original group, but heard that his son was involved in the trouble and arrived by car, and he accepted he "overreacted" while getting him out of the situation.
District Judge Liam McNally said the attack on the man knocked unconscious involved an "appalling" level of violence.