Man avoids jail for glassing partner of his estranged wife
A man who admitted glassing the lover of his estranged wife in a bar was yesterday given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
Martin Cheung (39), of Ardban in Muff, Co Donegal, admitted unlawfully and maliciously wounding former League of Ireland and Irish League footballer Barry Molloy in Granny Annie's Bar in Londonderry just before midnight on May 28 last year.
Mr Molloy, who is still living with Cheung's estranged wife, sustained lacerations to his left ear and to the left side of his forehead in the single blow incident. He required eight stitches and also had glass fragments removed from his wounds.
At Derry Crown Court, Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey said prior to the attack Cheung had been at an all-day barbecue during which he had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol before going to the city centre.
Judge McCaffrey said Cheung was aware his wife was in a relationship with Mr Molloy. "You lifted your hand in which you had a glass and hit him on the side of the head with the glass," she told him.
"When you were interviewed by the police you said you did not mean to hurt him and did not realise you had a glass in your hand for this one blow split second incident.
"You were shocked when you saw Barry Molloy bleeding."
Judge McCaffrey said she took into consideration Cheung's previous good character and that he looked after his three daughters on a shared basis with his estranged wife.
She continued that she accepted Cheung was genuinely shocked when he realised the extent of Mr Molloy's injuries, and was in the low category in terms of a risk of reoffending.
The judge added: "I do not wish to minimise the offending. Serious assaults are a completely unacceptable way of behaviour.
"The background to this offence is very particular and highly unusual.
"You did not normally consume this amount of alcohol nor did you normally behave in this way."
Judge McCaffrey told Cheung that if he was convicted of another offence which carried a prison sentence within the next two years, the suspended sentence could be activated.