Dungiven man convicted of 'glassing' attack avoids jail

Laganside Court in Belfast

A 41-year old Co Derry man who was "so stupified with a cocktail of drink and prescription drugs" that he has no memory of glassing another man, has avoided jail.

Sean Joseph McCloskey smashed a glass he was holding against the side of a van, then struck another man in the face with it during an early morning altercation on Dungiven's Main Street.

McCloskey - who suffers from mental health issues - was handed a 12-month prison sentence, which was suspended for three years, after he admitted wounding the other man on November 12 2016.

The injured man sustained a 2.5cm laceration to his cheek which was treated at Altnagelvin Hospital with stitches.

Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, heard the incident occurred following a "prank" when the injured party pretended he was going to urinate in McCloskey's direction.

Branding the incident as "an isolated attack consisting of a single strike", Judge Brian Sherrard said he accepted there was a lack of pre-meditation.

The judge also accepted that due to McCloskey's mental state - coupled with him mixing five prescribed drugs with alcohol - there was an "inability" on his part to understand what was happening.

From Ard Na Smoll in Dungiven, McCloskey was warned to stay out of trouble for the next three years, or risk being sent to prison.

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