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Derry man jailed for savage attacks on fellow alcoholic

By George Jackson

An alcoholic who kicked and punched another alcoholic during a three-day drinking binge has been jailed for two years and four months at the crown court in Londonderry.

Mark Howie (38), from Sperrin Park in the Waterside area of the city, pleaded guilty to assaulting and detaining his victim against his will in a flat in Tobermore between February 27 and March 2 of this year.

Howie, who had 65 previous convictions, several of which he served jail sentences for, broke his drunken victim's nose and inflicted injuries to his ribs and face during the assaults.

The court was told that both Howie and his victim were once street drinkers in Derry who had resumed contact via Facebook.

Judge Philip Babington described the attacks as both savage and unprovoked and said it was fortunate Howie had not inflicted more serious injuries on his vulnerable victim.

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