Belfast Telegraph

Thug avoids jail for attack on niece and her boyfriend

By George Jackson

A man was left drenched in his own blood after his niece struck him on the head with her stiletto shoe in self-defence as he fought with her fiance, a court has heard.

Anthony Paul Carlin received an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for three years, at Londonderry Crown Court yesterday.

Carlin (38), from Derryview Terrace, admitted assaulting the couple during a drunken row on February 1, 2016.

Judge Philip Babington told Carlin that his actions in attacking the couple were cowardly. Carlin had first used his niece's high heels during the assaults on her and her fiance.

The court was told that all three people involved in the fight sustained multiple superficial wounds. They had been out drinking the night before and returned to a friend's house with other people.

The argument started after Carlin and his two victims left the house in the early hours.

When police arrived they found Carlin covered in blood.

In a further twist, as Carlin was about to leave the dock yesterday, Judge Babington ordered that he should be taken down to the cells immediately.

He said that followed what he described as Carlin's unforgivable gesture to court staff and abusive language towards a police officer in the same courtroom last Tuesday.

Carlin was taken into custody for half-an-hour before he was brought back into the dock by two prison officers. Judge Babington imposed a 14-day jail sentence for contempt of court, suspended for three years.

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