Kicked woman whilst she lay on ground

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A man who kicked a woman whilst she was lying on the ground has avoided jail.

Thomas Mackin (49), of Sloan Street, Lisburn pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm which occurred on July 3.

The court heard that on that date police observed a female who was bleeding from her mouth and said she had been assaulted by a male.

She told police that she had been assaulted by the man who had kicked her, he then picked her up and assaulted her again, she claimed.

The court was told that there had been altercation between the injured party and another woman earlier in the evening.

A defending solicitor told Lisburn Magistrates’ Court that the defendant’s behaviour during the incident was totally unacceptable.

Defence said the incident had occurred at “kicking out time” at a local bar and there had been three or four people involved in the altercation.

“The victim was kicked around the body while she was lying prone on the ground. I can say this is an out of character incident and he feels genuine remorse,” defence added.

Sentencing the defendant, District Judge Rosie Watters said: “This incident definitely does cross the custody threshold. Kicking a woman on the ground is totally unacceptable.”

Mackin was sentenced to ten months in prison which was suspended for three years. He was also ordered to pay the injured party £500 in compensation.