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A man and women have been sentenced after a violent altercation in west Belfast last summer

A man and women have been sentenced after a violent altercation in west Belfast last summer

A man and women have been sentenced after a violent altercation in west Belfast last summer

A man and women have been sentenced after a violent altercation in west Belfast last summer.

Stephen Gerard Connolly (28), whose address was given as HMP Magilligan, and Ellen Louise Valliday (27) from Ross Road in Belfast, both pleaded guilty to affray at Belfast Crown Court.

Connolly was handed an 18-month sentence, half of which will be served in jail. Valliday was handed a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.

The pair were arrested and charged following an incident in the Falls area on June 13 last year, when Connolly became involved in a fight with another man, and several other people — including Valliday — joined in.

A man and woman sustained injuries in the violent melee. Judge Stephen Fowler said “both of them were fighting as part of the affray”.

He revealed Connolly has 99 previous convictions, and has had cannabis and alcohol issues dating back to his teens.

Valliday, he noted, also had difficulties with drink in her past, but as she is now mother to a seven-month-old baby, she “no longer misuses alcohol or drugs”.

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