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Suspended sentence for demolition worker who broke man's nose

By Nevin Farrell

A Coleraine demolition worker who broke a man's nose and stamped on the head of another man has avoided jail.

Brandon Quinn's one-year sentence, following an incident outside a north coast chip shop, was suspended for three years.

The 22-year-old from Cairnhill, who has self-confessed anger management problems, appeared at Antrim Crown Court on charges linked to the incident in August 2014.

The defendant was sentenced on two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

He had already spent three months on remand in prison.

Prosecutor Tessa Kitson said the injured men, from the Ballymoney area and who were "complete strangers" to Quinn, were attacked "out of the blue".

She said the man's nose had to be manipulated back into shape. The other victim, whose head was stamped on, suffered comparatively minor injuries.

Defence QC Kieran Mallon said Quinn had previously described himself as "generally an angry person" and with alcohol that "rose accordingly".

He put down the defendant's failure to keep in touch with police to a "lack of communication" on the part of his previous legal advisor.

He added that a pre-sentence report was "refreshing" and said time spent in jail on remand had been "life-changing".

Judge Marrinan said: "This is a refreshing example of, sometimes, how a short term in custody can bring people to their senses".

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