Court hears man was headbutted in a bar

Court hears man was headbutted in a bar

A MAN who headbutted a man in a bar in Antrim town has been given a one year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 compensation.

David Hamilton (48), of Craighill, Antrim, who had a previous record, assaulted the man on December 19 last year.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the man knew the defendant for "many years".

The court heard Hamilton began a conversation with the man in the bar around 10.30pm but he was told to "go away".

Hamilton then headbutted the man and attempted to punch him, leaving the man with a "minor mark" on his nose.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said "far too much drink" was involved and "what started out as some form of jocular exchange between the gentlemen had turned sour with some bad words being used".

The defence lawyer said Hamilton "took exception to that" and accepted he struck the man.

The barrister said the defendant had "lost the run of himself".

The next morning, Mr Moore said, when Hamilton sobered up, the first thing he did was email the man to apologise and accept "full culpability".