Wheel brace is used in Princess Way assault

Craigavon Court House.
Craigavon Court House.

A 27-year-old Portadown man used a wheel brace when attacking a man during an incident when he assaulted three people.

Jeffrey McCann from Mahon Road admitted three charges of assault and possession of an offensive weapon on May 18 last year.

He was given 100 hours community service and put on probation for 18 months with the condition that he takes part in the Resolve programme.

The court heard that one of the injured parties, a man, was walking along Princess Way in Portadown between 1am and 2am.

McCann pulled up in a car, took a wheel brace out of the boot and put it on the ground. He then squared up to the victim in a boxing stance and punched the injured party who fell over and was punched and kicked on the ground.

An ex-girlfriend of the victim was in the area and she videoed this on her phone.

McCann got back into his vehicle and drove back towards the injured party who managed to get out of the way.

The defendant got out of the car again and starting swinging the wheel brace at the injured party’s head, hitting him twice on the shoulder.

The female tried to tell McCann to stop but he ran at her, raising the wheel brace, and she feared she would be hit.

A neighbour in the area was pushed to the ground and hurt her elbow.

Mr Richard Monteith, representing McCann, said there wasn’t a background to this. There was nothing before and nothing after the incident.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this was unprecedented behaviour on McCann’s part because he had never been in trouble before.

But, he added, the fact a weapon was used made it worse.

The judge said that on the face of it the matter crossed the custody threshold but given that the defendant had a clear record he would impose an alternative to immediate custody.