Man drank four Buckfast bottles before assault

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A Portadown man attacked a woman and police officers after drinking four bottles of Buckfast, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Johnathan Stewart (36), Twinem Court, Portadown, later admitted he could not remember anything because of the amount of drink he had consumed.

Craigavon Courthouse.

Craigavon Courthouse.

Concurrent four-month prison terms were imposed on him for assaults on police and making a threat to kill while three-month sentences were imposed for common assault and criminal damage.

Stewart has been in custody since the incident happened on January 17 this year and he appeared in court by way of videolink.

The court heard that police went to an address in Craigavon where the injured party said she had been assaulted by her partner.

She had a bloody nose and red marks on her face and forehead.

The victim alleged that a whisky bottle and a laptop had been thrown at her and a window broken.

Stewart was located nearby. He was heavily intoxicated and when he was being arrested he struck a constable in the chest and tried to head-butt another officer.

In custody he threw a cup of water over a civilian officer. He also made a threat saying “you wait and see what will happen that wee tramp when I get out. You will want me for murder”.

He said he had taken four bottles of Buckfast and blacked out so he could not remember anything.

A barrister representing the defendant said it was an alcohol fuelled incident and Stewart had a significant alcohol problem.

She explained that he was in a relationship with the injured party and both of them had abused alcohol.

The lawyer said Stewart had been off alcohol for three years prior to this incident and this was a huge lapse for him.