Probation for man in Belfast nightclub assault
A 26-year-old man who became embroiled in a fight in a Belfast nightclub has been placed on two years probation.
Judge Patricia Smyth said she accepted the Crown's view that while Stephen McAreavey wasn't the initial aggressor, he used "excessive force" to defend himself from a perceived threat from the other man, who sustained several facial injuries including a broken nose.
McAreavey, from Mount Eagles Lodge in Dunmurry, admitted assaulting the other man causing him actual bodily harm following the fight at the Kremlin nightclub in February 17 last year.
Crown prosecutor Robin Steer said a scuffle between the two erupted when McAreavey approached the other man and challenged him about a statement he made to police about an unrelated matter involving McAreavey.
Mr Steer revealed that whilst the start of the confrontation was unclear, a doorman witnessed McAreavey kicking out at the other man as he lay on the ground.
Defence barrister Ian Turkington said his client had accepted his wrong-doing.