Court hears female suffered nose injury after being punched in hotel corridor by man (58)

Court hears female suffered nose injury after being punched in hotel corridor by man (58)

A 58-YEAR-OLD Belfast man who injured a female's nose after he punched her in a corridor at 'Galgorm Hotel' has been ordered to do 150 hours of Community Service and pay the victim compensation of £750.

Raymond Browne, of Shore Crescent, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the early hours of September 20, 2021.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates' Court (main picture), the female said she was assaulted by Browne "while standing in a corridor of the hotel".

The prosecutor said a "verbal argument had ensued prior to the assault" and the "defendant punched the victim to the face a number of times following a comment made" about one of his relatives.

The injured party attended Antrim Area Hospital for treatment to her nose and when she then attended a "private hospital" the female was told it was "likely she sustained an undisplaced nasal bone fracture," the prosecutor added.

The court heard when interviewed the defendant made a full admission and expressed remorse.

He said he had alcohol taken and "red mist descended" when a comment was made about his relative.

A defence barrister said the defendant has been "racked with guilt" following the incident.

The lawyer said following a "very unpleasant comment made" about his relative the defendant "lost his temper".

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: "This was a very serous thing you did. This was a female who sustained a nasty injury and even if she did say the comment that you took umbrage at it is no justification for assaulting her and clearly alcohol did play a feature".

The judge said the Community Service was a "direct alternative" to jail.