Grabbed female by throat and pinned her down


A 40-year-old man who grabbed a woman by the throat and pinned her to the ground was given community service last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Nigel Adrian Doyle, Carnreagh, Craigavon, was given 160 hours community service for the assault and a concurrent sentence of 160 hours for unlawful damage to a television.

He was also ordered to pay £180 compensation for the damage to the TV and a two year restraining order was imposed.

The court heard that on November 16 last year at 2am police went to a domestic disturbance at Carrickblacker Road in Portadown.

The injured party said she had been drinking with Doyle when an argument started. He grabbed her by the throat, called her a b****h and pinned her to the ground. He threw the TV onto the floor.

The court heard Doyle had been convicted of the assault charge after a contested hearing and a pre-sentence report had been ordered.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said that despite having contested the matter Doyle was showing some remorse in the report.

A solicitor for the defendant said he had argued self defence but he had gone beyond the use of reasonable force. There had been no further incidents with his now ex-partner who had suffered some swelling to her arm.

A public prosecutor said that the victim was seeking a restraining order.

Judge Bates imposed a two year order which prevents Doyle from contacting directly or indirectly the injured party or harassing, pestering or intimidating her.