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Drunken architect punched victim on the nose

An architect punched a man in the face in an unprovoked attack in Belfast city centre, a court has heard.

Peter Logan was given a five-month suspended jail sentence for attacking the victim and then running off. The 45-year-old also lashed out at police during attempts to restrain him.

Logan, of Oakland Avenue, Belfast, faced charges of assault, assault on police and resisting arrest.

He was detained following the incident in the High Street area of the city on August 10.

The victim said Logan had punched him on the nose, leaving it swollen and bloody.

Defence lawyer Brendan Blaney told Belfast Magistrates Court his client was "deeply ashamed".

"He was in the city centre that afternoon in an incoherent state," the solicitor said. "He perceived this man had bumped into him... and he lashed out."

After Logan was taken into custody police had to wait nearly seven hours before he was fit to be spoken to, the court heard.

Mr Blaney described the defendant as a professional man who only started drinking heavily in the past two years and was getting medical treatment.

Suspending the sentence, District Judge Rosie Watters said: "I will leave something hanging over your head, but it's shocking, your behaviour."

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