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Killer bottled man a week before he murdered Katie

By Michael Donnelly

Killer Mark Wallace, currently serving life for knifing his 21-year-old girlfriend at a party, has been sentenced to two years for smashing a bottle over a man's head.

Wallace told police he had followed the man at a party before attacking him just a week before he killed his girlfriend.

However, the sentence imposed by Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, will have no bearing on when 26-year-old Wallace from Elmwood Drive, Bangor, will eventually be released for murdering mother-of-one Katie Hughes.

Wallace, who stabbed his girlfriend nine times in the neck and chest at a house party at Park Avenue, Bangor, on Easter Monday last year, was jailed for life in June.

He was also told by Mr Justice Hart that he won’t be released for at least 14 years — and only when he is no longer considered a danger to the public.

Sentencing Wallace yesterday, Judge Geoffrey Miller QC said, given all of the circumstance, any sentence he imposed would make “absolutely no difference to the defendant's release date”.

The court had heard that six days before the brutal murder of Ms Hughes, a drunken Wallace had been at a birthday party in Newtownards when he turned on another guest.

The court also heard that the man, who ended up needing four staples to a wound to the side of his head, only reported the matter on hearing news of Wallace's knife attack on his girlfriend.

Wallace, who admitted malicious wounding, pushed the man as he left the party, accused him of stealing keys, then smashed a bottle over his head.

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