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Portstewart student fined £250 after breaking man's nose at party

By Nevin Farrell

A teenager has been ordered to take part in community service and pay compensation to a man whose nose he broke during an incident in Portrush earlier this year.

Callum McKinney (19), of Central Avenue in Portstewart, appeared before Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday charged with assault.

The court head that McKinney punched a man, breaking his nose on July 3 this year.

A prosecutor told the court, where the defendant was being sentenced on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, it was a "one punch" attack.

McKinney, a second year student at Jordanstown, appeared in the dock on Monday and heard the prosecutor say the injured party had been at a house party in Portrush with friends but high spirits were halted when the "parents put everybody out".

The prosecutor said there had been a "minor scuffle" outside and the injured party then left and later McKinney punched him.

Defence solicitor Brendan McLernon claimed that after the intervention of the parents at the party there had been a scuffle between the injured man and a friend of McKinney's.

Later, the lawyer alleged, the injured party came over to a car and put his head into the vehicle and "reached" for the front seat passenger - the man he had scuffled with earlier - when McKinney, "stupidly" and whilst still in a seated position, struck him once.

District Judge Peter King said he was concerned that approaching the Christmas party season McKinney and the other man could meet again.

Judge King said the defendant came to court with a clear record and added: "You don't need me to tell you that one-punch incidents are extremely risky."

The judge said the amount of times one-punch attacks ended in death by people falling and striking their heads was "fairly terrifying" as he ordered McKinney to do 100 hours community service and ordered him to pay £250 compensation to the victim.

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