Belfast Telegraph

Man avoids prison over assault on hotel staff

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast man who damaged a security worker's teeth in a hotel assault has avoided jail after a judge was told he has paid the victim's £1,600 dental bill.

Anton Carlisle was handed a three-month suspended prison sentence yesterday for the attacks on two members of staff earlier this year.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the 29-year-old punched one staff member and elbowed another at the Balmoral Hotel in the west of the city.

Carlisle, of Riverdale Park Drive, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutors said he was seen arguing with a woman at the hotel on January 31.

He was asked to leave by a member of staff, a district judge was told. Carlisle was said to have punched the man several times around the eye.

A colleague who went to restrain the defendant was then elbowed. He sustained damage to one tooth and a chip to another, the court heard.

It was confirmed, however, that Carlisle has since paid for his full dental treatment. Defence solicitor Philip Breen said the total bill was £1,600.

He said his client could not remember any assault, but accepted the offences and had expressed remorse to the victims.

"He went and apologised to them personally," the lawyer said.

Imposing three months' imprisonment, Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop suspended the term for two years. He also ordered Carlisle to pay £200 compensation to each victim.

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