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Victim of paramilitary attack admits series of charges

Simon Whiteman (33) of Richmond Avenue in Derry admitted three separate sets of charges

A MAN who was the victim of a paramilitary-style attack has appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court on a series of charges.

Simon Whiteman (33) of Richmond Avenue in Derry admitted three separate sets of charges.

He admitted assaulting a female on April 15.

The court heard that police were called by the injured party who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend who had punched her on the face leaving her with a bloody nose and split lip. The woman said she tried to get a taxi but the driver would not take her due to her injuries.

Whiteman also admitted a charge of theft on July 6 2018. The court heard that Whiteman and a woman entered a shop and the woman lifted items and left without paying.

Whiteman met up with the female outside and then he entered the shop and lifted a bunch of flowers and a piece of cheese and left without paying.

When questioned he told police he had forgotten to pay.

The court was also told that on November 18 2017 police were called to a local bar after reports of Whiteman attacking staff. CCTV was examined and Whiteman could be seen being asked to leave and then refusing to do so. He then tried to headbutt a member of staff.

Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said his client had shown he could stay out of trouble.

Deputy District Judge Ted Magill said assaults on women were of serious concern to the court.

He told Whiteman that he had not had his troubles to seek and sentenced him to two years probation.

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