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Man who broke rival's jaw to appeal jail term

By Staff Reporter

A footballer has been sentenced to six months in prison for breaking the jaw of a rival when they met on a Ballymena street on Halloween night two years ago.

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 who plays for Harryville Homers, one of Northern Ireland's top amateur teams.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday, defence barrister Francis Rafferty said that Hudson maintained he was innocent.

The recent court contest heard Mr Campbell had to go on a 'liquid diet' for six weeks after his jaw was fractured during an incident in the William Street area of Ballymena on October 31, 2015.

Yesterday, a prosecutor said the injured party alleged he was punched by the defendant who was found guilty of the charge.

District Judge Peter King said he took into account the previously clear record and references and said if there had been a record he would have considered jailing the defendant for nine months, but instead handed him a six-month sentence.

Hudson was freed on bail of £250 pending appeal.

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