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Jail for man who smashed windows

By Alan Erwin

A man who smashed a woman's house windows and attacked a police officer in a drink-fuelled incident has been jailed for 11 months.

Gary Bain punched the constable up to five times after he responded to disturbances in east Belfast last Christmas.

The 26-year-old defendant, with a hostel address on the city's Antrim Road, admitted charges of assault and criminal damage.

He was arrested when trouble broke out at the woman's home on Madrid Street on Boxing Day last year.

Earlier Bain had been drinking at his ex-partner's home in nearby Wolff Close, but left there after breaking a chair.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he then barged at the Madrid Street property, targeting a living room window and front door panel.

After lashing out at the policeman and damaging his mobile phone officers deployed CS gas in a bid to restrain him.

District Judge Neil Rafferty told Bain he had acted "disgracefully" by attacking a woman's home while she had a child in her arms.

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