Judge says Antrim town man is a 'violent' and 'quick to use fists'

Judge says Antrim town man is a 'violent' and 'quick to use fists'

A JUDGE said an Antrim town man is a "violent" individual who is quick to use his fists.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Richard Alexis Smyth (37), of Greenvale Manor, who admitted assault and causing damage to his former brother-in-law's t-shirt on August 21 last year.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), Smyth turned up at a property and asked to speak to his former brother-in-law who was then punched around the head a number of times and had his T-shirt ripped.

The court heard Smyth left but allegedly said: "I'll be back".

There was CCTV footage of the incident.

The court heard a claim there had been "bad blood" and Smyth alleged he had been kicked during the incident.

Defence barrister Neil Moore alleged there had been "bad-mouthing" of the defendant who had then gone to the property to "challenge" the man.

The lawyer said the defendant realised his behaviour had been "thoroughly unacceptable" and he was "ashamed".

Judge Broderick told Smyth: "You are a violent man. This isn't the first time you have appeared in court for assault and beating people up. It is at least the third time so you are quick with your fists".

The defendant was ordered to do 200 hours Communty Service and pay £25 compensation for the damaged T-shirt.  A two year Restraining Order was also put in place.