A father-of-two who admitted causing grievous bodily harm to the victim of a group attack in Newry was handed a suspended sentence yesterday.
Ciaran Podraig McKenna, from Benmore Court in Newry, was one of a group who attacked a man in Edward Street in 2017.
McKenna (24) appeared at a remote sitting of Newry Crown Court, where he was handed a 27-month sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to affray and GBH.
The early morning incident on May 7, 2017 was captured on CCTV.
Judge Kerr said self-employed joiner McKenna appeared to be trying to restrain a female from assaulting the victim but then "changed his stance" and joined in the attack.
During the assault, McKenna jumped "in the area" of the victim's head and appeared to kick at him. The injured man sustained a broken eye socket and a black eye.
McKenna was warned that he faced prison if he committed any further offences whilst under the suspended sentence.