Drunk punched women and boy
A man who launched unprovoked attacks on three women and a schoolboy has been put on probation for two years.
Michael Paul was also ordered to pay compensation to each victim he punched in the face after a drinking session.
The 25-year-old, of Glencairn Walk in Belfast, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated assault on a female or boy aged under 14.
The charges related to attacks at Peter's Hill on the lower Shankill last November.
During a sentencing hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court a judge was told the attacks appeared to have been unprovoked. Defence solicitor Denis Moloney said his client had been drinking with friends and took “one too many”.
The lawyer told the court Paul had immediately admitted his actions to police and asked them to put him in jail straight away.
“If anybody had done that to his girlfriend or partner he wouldn't have taken it very lightly,” Mr Moloney added.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall imposed two years’ probation and ordered Paul to undergo an alcohol and drugs counselling programme.
He must also pay £100 compensation to each of his victims.