Suspended prison sentence after breaking partner’s nose

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A Lurgan man who broke his partner’s nose in an assault was given a suspended prison sentence last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Lawrence James Hagan (50), Carrick Drive, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on March 30.

He was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years. A two-year restraining order was also imposed.

The court heard that the injured party said that Hagan was in her home and became angry.

He struck her in the face breaking her nose and leaving a cut. Hagan admitted hitting her but only after she had slapped him first.

The case had been adjourned for pre-sentence reports.

A defence barrister said he had a difficulty with relationships and that this was an alcohol fuelled incident.

He added that the two involved were a negative influence on each other. Hagan no longer took alcohol except in special circumstances.

District Judge Benita Boyd said that because of the circumstances the custody threshold had been breached.