Drink binge grandad 'pummelled' girl (6)
A Co Tyrone man who "pummelled" his young granddaughter after she poured out his bottle of alcohol, has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Dungannon Magistrates Court heard police were called to a house at 7.30pm on August 3, following reports of a disturbance.
The defendant, who is aged in his fifties, but cannot be named to protect the identity of the six-year-old victim, was eating with his wife, daughter and the girl.
He had been drinking throughout the day and the child had previously expressed concern about the levels of alcohol he would consume.
As had occurred at times in the past, she took a bottle from him and poured it down the sink.
Described in court as having "lost the plot" the defendant rushed at the child and punched her six times to the head.
The defendant's wife and daughter stepped in, removing the child to safety.
While doing this the defendant grabbed an ironing board and flung it after his family as they fled.
The charges were admitted at court where a defence barrister pointed out his client apologised profusely for his actions which were carried out after a long period of drinking.
Deputy District Judge Trevor Brown said: "This matter merits custody, but I am prepared to take a chance." A sentence of four months' imprisonment suspended for two years was imposed, but Judge Brown warned: "Any return to this behaviour and you will go straight to jail."