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Man lifted eight-year-old boy up by the throat in fish and chip shop, court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 27/10/2015

Police detained Robertson after being directed to his home
Police detained Robertson after being directed to his home

A man grabbed an eight-year-old boy by the throat and lifted him into the air in a busy takeaway, a court heard today.

Malcolm Robertson, 61, downed half a bottle of whisky before assaulting the child at the Co Antrim fish and chip shop, prosecutors said.

A judge was told he also punched a member of PSNI staff on the jaw after being taken into custody.

Robertson, from Forthill Park in Newtownabbey, has admitted charges of common assault and assault on a designated police person.

The defendant, a security guard described in court as being on an army pension, will be sentenced next month.

Guilty pleas were entered as he made a first appearance before Belfast Magistrates' Court.

He had gone into the takeaway on Fairview Road in Newtownabbey on October 3 to collect a food order.

A prosecution lawyer said the boy's mother witnessed the assault.

"She alleged that he grabbed her son by the throat, lifting him up into the air fully with his arm extend," he told the court.

"(The boy)'s feet were lifted off the ground; she stated this caused redness to his neck."

Police detained Robertson after being directed to his home.

He was taken to a Belfast police station where he allegedly punched a member of staff to the side of the face.

During interviews he said he had drunk half a bottle of whisky before going to collect his food order.

He admitted grabbing the boy and lifting him off the ground.

After details of the incident District Judge George Conner requested a pre-sentence report.

Robertson was ordered to return to court on November 24.

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