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Paramilitary names scared assault thug, court is told

Judge King said he did not think there was any realistic timescale of the community service being completed (stock photo)
Judge King said he did not think there was any realistic timescale of the community service being completed (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

A Co Antrim man feared doing community service because he spotted the names of paramilitaries on a rota, a court has been told.

When a defence lawyer suggested the defendant could perhaps instead do his unpaid work in the Carrickfergus area, District Judge Peter King replied: "I think if he wants to avoid paramilitaries, he would have go a bit further than that."

John Magill (46), of Albert Street in Larne, appeared before Coleraine Magistrates' Court yesterday in connection with breaching a community service order he was given for an assault and for breaching a non-molestation order.

The defence lawyer said the original incident was domestic in nature and there had been no further issues.

Judge King said he did not think there was any realistic timescale of the community service being completed.

He revoked the order and replaced it with a six-month prison term, suspended for one year.

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