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Three Co Antrim men jailed for 'cowardly and vicious' attack on pub doorman

By Ashleigh McDonald

Three Co Antrim men who were involved in a "cowardly and vicious" attack on a pub doorman who was battered with a fire extinguisher were jailed for the roles they played in the assault.

The trio - brothers Ian and Brian Sinclair, and Glen McCullough - were all handed jail terms for an incident last March which left the the doorman of the Royal Oak pub in Carrick with multiple injuries including fractures to his skull, jaw, eye and cheekbone.

The doorman and a second bouncer were assaulted after they refused to let Ian Sinclair into the bar. Sinclair later claimed this was 'on account of the ongoing loyalist feud involving the Gilmore family and the South East Antrim UDA.'

During sentencing on Friday, Judge Gordon Kerr QC said the attack on the doorman went "well beyond a reaction to being refused a drink", adding it was a vicious attack on a man working in a public place.

Whilst Brian (52) and Ian Sinclair (38) admitted causing the doorman grievous bodily harm with intent, 54-year old Ian McCullough was acquitted of this charge, and admitted a lesser charge of causing  doorman actual bodily harm. In addition, Brian Sinclair admitted a charge of common assault against the second doorman.

Ian Sinclair was handed a sentence of nine years, his brother Brian was handed a six-year sentence while McCullough received a three-year sentence. All three men were told they will serve half their sentences behind bars, with the remaining half on licence when they are released.

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