A Lurgan man who said he threw a sweet at a woman - hitting her on the head - as a prank, was jailed for three months last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.
Reuben John Glen (25), Colban Crescent, Lurgan, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.
For unlawful assault on a female he was sentenced to three months in prison while a concurrent three month term was imposed for the theft of condoms, valued at £4.49, from Savers Store in Lurgan on April 20 this year.
He was also ordered to pay a £25 offender’s levy.
The court heard that the female victim said she had been going into a shoe shop when she passed a man standing at the top of Castle Lane in Lurgan.
She went into the shop and the man followed her. He threw a ‘stone’ which hit her on the head and this caused a lump on her head.
Glen was located standing in the doorway of an Indian takeaway and items found on him had been stolen from Savers.
A solicitor representing Glen said his client would say it was a prank and that it was a sweet, not a stone, he had thrown.
He added the defendant, who was intoxicated at the time, had a history of alcohol and drug abuse.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said Glen had been in custody for a while for this matter and had said at a previous court he required antibuse treatment.
He added that, recently, Glen’s offending had been prolific and custody was the only option.