Man assaulted his parents and damaged window

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After drinking whiskey and Buckfast a young Portadown man assaulted both his mother and father and smashed a window in their front door with a head-butt.

Daniel Anderson (18) of Ballynarry Road admitted criminal damage and two assaults when he appeared last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

A public prosecutor said that a caution had been offered in the case if Anderson could pay £300 for the cost of the damage but he could not pay because he had lost his job.

For the criminal damage offence he was fined £100, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and £300 compensation.

Conditional discharges for 12 months were imposed for the two assault charges.

The court heard that on June 8 this year police were called a disturbance and spoke to the two injured parties. Anderson had come home, caused his mother problems and there was a further altercation with his father.

He then smashed a window in the front door with his head receiving cuts to his hands and nose. He was asked to leave.

A solicitor for Anderson said he had been drinking whiskey and Buckfast and was extremely intoxicated.

He added that his mother had words with him and he pushed her. His father became involved and the defendant punched and head-butted him.

The solicitor said that after his father had put him out Anderson head-butted the door. The defendant had no recollection of what happened.

He told the court that Anderson has had no contact since with his parents because of his bail conditions and was anxious to resume a relationship with them.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he had to take into account the defendant’s clear record but this was a ‘nasty incident’.