Three people assaulted at house with a baseball bat


Armed with a baseball bat a 40 year old man assaulted two men and a woman at his Portadown home, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Andrew William Adams, Bridgeford Meadows, Portadown, was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years, on two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on December 26 last year.

He was also given 60 hours community service for unlawful assault on the same date.

The court heard that at 2.15am Adams had been in his home with one of the injured parties when the other two injured parties, a husband and wife, arrived.

They began to bang on the back window and Adams armed himself with a baseball bat. An altercation ensued and the first injured party tried to calm the situation down but was struck on the upper lip with the bat.

The female was struck on the side of the chest and the other male was hit on the head.

The defendant had been found guilty of the offences after the case had been contested.

A barrister for Adams said he was in full time employment in a managerial role for the last 20 years and had no relevant previous convictions.

He explained that on the night in question he had been drinking with one of the injured parties. The barrister added that there was an acrimonious relationship between the defendant and the other two injured parties. His back gate had been damaged and there was a verbal altercation.

Deputy District Judge, Mr Terence Dunlop, said the injuries were serious enough in the circumstances.