Belfast man who attacked phone user with brick escapes jail
A man who attacked his victim with a brick has been given a four-month suspended jail term.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard today how 40-year-old Peter John McNulty targeted the other man while he was on the phone.
McNulty, of Castleton Gardens in the city, was convicted of common assault, criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon in public.
The charges relate to an encounter on the Old Cavehill Road in north Belfast on June 27 this year.
Prosecutors said McNulty approached the victim, who was known to him, and tried to strike him with a brick.
A phone the other man had to his ear at the time prevented a direct blow to the head, the court heard.
But he claimed that he was left with a headache, while his phone sustained £100 damage.
Defence barrister Luke Curran described it as an "isolated incident", adding that his client has health problems.
Sentencing McNulty to four months imprisonment, District Judge Steven Keown suspended the term for 18 months.
Mr Keown also ordered him to pay £100 compensation for the criminal damage inflicted.
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