Belfast Telegraph

Man walks free after assault at wake

By Paul Higgins

A man who assaulted a woman at her mother-in-law's wake and had been accused of trying to murder a prominent republican has walked free from court with a three-month suspended prison term.

Thomas Patrick Valliday (60) was due to go on trial yesterday at Belfast Crown Court, but instead he pleaded guilty to assaulting Angela Wright and a police constable on March 15, 2011.

Valliday, from Elgin Street in Belfast, was accused of trying to kill Bobby Tohill, wounding another man and woman and possessing a weapon, namely a knife, on the Falls Road on the same date.

Following his guilty pleas however, those charges were "left on the books".

Defence QC John McCrudden said he had been instructed to issue an "unreserved public apology" to Ms Wright.

Suspending the term for two years, Judge David McFarland said it was clear Valliday was drunk and had acted out of character.

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