A Lurgan man who hit a man over the head with a wheel brace was given a suspended prison sentence last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Fifty five year old Brendan McGibbon, of Castor Bay Road, Lurgan, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on August 5 last year.
He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £400 compensation to the injured party.
The court heard that police received a report of a serious assault at McGreavy Park in Lurgan and when they arrived the injured party was with an ambulance crew.
The victim said he had been assaulted in his garden after a verbal argument took place between him and the defendant.
He said he had been knocked to the ground and struck on the head with a wheel brace.
When interviewed McGibbon claimed that he had been attempting to defend himself from the injured party.
A barrister for the defendant said he accepted it was a very serious incident and a very serious charge.
He added that there had been a dispute between the two parties and McGibbon went to the injured party’s house on Sunday morning to sort the matter out.
The barrister said it wasn’t a case where McGibbon went armed with a weapon. There was a baseball bat mentioned and then the defendant armed himself with the wheel brace.
He added that McGibbon was well respected in the Lurgan area and was a man who was not prone to violence.
He had no contact now with the injured party.
District Judge, Mr Alan White, said that hitting someone on the head with a wheel brace was a serious matter. It could have led to more serious injury or death and the defendant would have ended up in the Crown Court and going to jail.
He added that it was a case for custody but given the defendant’s clear record and excellent references he would suspend the sentence.