Footballer has jail term suspended after appeal
A footballer previously given six months in jail for breaking the jaw of a rival has had the sentence suspended after an appeal.
Paddy Hudson (30), of Bamber Park, Ballymena, who has links with All Saints Old Boys in the Ballymena Saturday Morning Football League, was convicted in March of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Darren Campbell.
Mr Campbell plays for amateur team Harryville Homers in Ballymena.
Initially Hudson pleaded not guilty to the charge but was convicted. He then appealed his conviction and sentence at the County Court in Antrim.
While the conviction stood, the six-month term has now been suspended for two years.
During the contest in March, both men said they knew each other through football and gave conflicting accounts of the incident, claiming each had been the aggressor in the case.
Mr Campbell said his jaw had been fractured after Hudson hit him on the face on Halloween night 2015 on Ballymena's William Street.