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Bail for dad who punched teenage daughter in drunken rage over tattoo

Anger issues: Norman Megaw
Anger issues: Norman Megaw

By Staff Reporter

A Co Antrim man who punched his teenage daughter in the head after she got a tattoo has been given a three-month jail sentence.

Norman Megaw (49), of Elmwood, Cullybackey, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing after pleading guilty to charges of assault and criminal damage.

The second charge related to him ripping a £200 TV off a wall and smashing it during an incident in March at his home.

His daughter made an audio recording of the incident and it was played to the court.

Megaw could be heard shouting and his daughter crying on the tape. The court was told Megaw admitted punching his 18-year-old daughter on the forehead, slapping her on the face and damaging the TV.

A defence lawyer said it was "very disturbing and appalling behaviour".

He said there could be no excuse for what happened but added that the incident "seems to have arisen out of the defendant's daughter getting a tattoo which she said she wouldn't".

The lawyer accepted the audio tape "paints a terrible picture" and said Megaw acknowledged he had anger issues which need to be addressed and the defendant was due to visit his GP to get help.

The lawyer said the incident happened after Megaw had drank a 10-glass bottle of vodka.

The court was told Megaw's daughter moved out to stay with a relative. Megaw, who had a previously clear record, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, the defence said.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said after listening to the tape it was "quite horrific" what Megaw had done to his daughter.

"It is quite clear you are a violent man with anger management issues," the judge added.

He jailed the defendant for three months but Megaw was released on his own bail of £500 pending appeal.

Judge Broderick said it was important that the appeal judge listens to the audio tape.

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