Man grabbed wife by neck


A Portadown who grabbed his wife by the neck will be sentenced next month at Craigavon Magistrates Court for an assault charge.

Last Wednesday at the court he also faced a drink driving charge after he crashed into a bank on the motorway.

He was Philip McQuiggan (50), Bridgeford Meadows, Portadown, and he admitted unlawful assault on March 25 this year.

The court heard that at 3.30pm police were called to a domestic incident and found the injured party sitting in the living room.

She was distressed and said her husband, a recovering alcoholic, had locked her out of the property. He then pulled her inside by grabbing her neck.

Police spoke to the defendant who said he had no recollection of what happened because he was intoxicated but added that his wife would not lie.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said that because it was a domestic related incident he would adjourn the case until August 16 so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court also heard that there was a road traffic collision on the M1 on January 23 this year and McQuiggan was involved. A blood sample was taken at Craigavon Area Hospital and the reading was 174.

A solicitor representing the defendant said he had no record but he did have a long standing drink problem which he was attempting to address.

He added that there were no injuries in the accident where McQuiggan had crashed into a bank.

Judge Bates said it was a very high reading.

For driving with excess alcohol in blood he fined the defendant £150, and banned him for 16 months.