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Thug sorry for homeless man attack

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of kicking and punching a homeless person in a south Belfast shop doorway is ashamed of his actions, the High Court heard yesterday.

Jack Simpson (26), from Inverary Avenue in the east of the city, is charged with common assault.

During a bail application, prosecutors said CCTV footage showed him punching the man twice on the face and kicking his head on February 21.

Michael Boyd, defending, said that while his client came from a good background, his life went out of control after he started abusing drugs and alcohol.

The lawyer added that Simpson became involved in a row with the victim, who was known to him, while out drinking.

"He's ashamed of himself, and apologetic for what happened," he said. "There's no excuse for it."

Adjourning the application for bail, Madam Justice McBride described the attack as "nasty" and requested more information on the support structures in place for the defendant.

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