Man who launched violent Belfast assault may have had his drink spiked, court hears
A man who damaged an assault victim's teeth in a Belfast city centre street attack may have had his drink spiked, a court heard today.
Barry Douglas has no memory of launching the violent early morning assault on another man, his lawyer said.
The 35-year-old defendant was sentenced to 160 hours community service and ordered to pay £400 compensation for the injuries inflicted.
Douglas, of Ardcaoin Walk in the Dunmurry area, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he had acted aggressively, puffing out his chest and shouting loudly on the Dublin Road in the early hours of 6 December last year.
Prosecutors said the victim tried to calm him down and then felt an impact to his forehead.
He was taken to hospital for treatment to cuts and bruising, along with two chipped teeth.
Defence counsel Michael Boyd described his client as a "respectable" man who remembers little about the incident.
"He simply can't get his head round why he behaved that way on that particular night," the barrister said.
"He believes his drink may have been interfered with in some way."
Mr Boyd stressed his client accepted responsibility, adding: "He's ashamed by what he did."
Recognising Douglas' previous clear record, District Judge Alan White imposed community service and financial compensation.
Any failure to pay could result in 14-day imprisonment, he warned.