Attack in West Street was fuelled by drink and drugs

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Pictures of the injuries he inflicted on his victim during a drink and drug fuelled attack were handed to a Portadown man to look at last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

James Herron (26), Ranfurley Road, Portadown, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a male on March 22 last year.

The court heard that police went to West Street in Portadown after the report of a fight and found the injured party in the rear of an ambulance. He had a one-inch open gash on his head at the hairline and a swollen lower lip.

He could not remember what had happened but believed he had tripped on a manhole cover.

Police got statements from witnesses and spoke to two defendants. Herron had redness to his knuckles and said he punched the injured party once in self- defence.

Police obtained two more witness statements which alleged that Herron grabbed the victim by the hair after the injured party had been kicked and punched with force.

When interviewed on March 23 Herron said he had punched the injured party three times in self-defence but the victim had punched him.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said it was a nasty enough incident and there did not seem to be any reason for it.

A barrister for Herron said he had been on “a drink and drug fuelled binge” and added that this would be a salutary lesson for the defendant.

The judge asked that photographs of the injured party and injuries should be handed to the defendant.

He told him to look “at his handiwork” and told him that he and his co-accused were responsible for visiting this level of violence on the victim.

At another court the other defendant also received a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.