Jail sentence for man (21) who assaulted boys aged 13 and 15 in Antrim town

Jail sentence for man (21) who assaulted boys aged 13 and 15 in Antrim town

A 21-YEAR-OLD man who assaulted two boys - aged 13 and 15 - in Antrim town has been given a five months prison sentence.

Ryan Moorman was released on bail pending appeal to an address at Moylinney Park in Antrim.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, that on July 25 last year police could see blood coming from one of the victim's noses.

The boys told police Moorman had tried to punch one in the face and kicked him on the ground and then punched the face of the other boy who tried to help his friend.

A witness told police Moorman had been the "aggressor".

When interviewed, Moorman initially told police he had acted in self-defence and the boys had "assaulted him first".

In another incident, on July 16 last year, Moorman was running around the Cunningham Way area of Antrim "with no shirt on" and was "aggressively approaching individuals and shouting continuously at passers-by".

He was aggressive towards police and when restrained he told an officer: "I'm going to cut your throat. I am going to find out where you live and I am going to kill you".

In a third incident, in January this year in Ballymoney, the defendant was aggressive towards police and was in possession of Pregabalin.

A defence barrister said Moorman had a "nomadic lifestyle" and his main difficulty was "alcohol".

He said Moorman loses "control at times".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had a "poor record".

He said there had been "unwarranted" assaults on two young people.

Bail of £500 was fixed for appeal.