Nine months jail sentence for Antrim town man who lobbed tin of beer at his partner's head

Nine months jail sentence for Antrim town man who lobbed tin of beer at his partner's head

AN Antrim town man has been jailed for nine months after striking his partner's head with a tin of beer he had thrown.

Simon Wells (27), of Birch Hill Park, appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison at Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, and admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a photo frame on the same day - May 25 this year.

The court heard the defendant had contacted police to "confess" to the offences.

He told police he had "shoved" his partner and "wrecked the house".

The prosecutor said the defendant's partner said the defendant had thrown a tin of beer at her head and poured beer over her.

Police noticed the right side of her temple was swollen with a bruise and a cut, Court News NI can report.

Wells told police he and his partner had gone to the home of her ex-partner's, claiming she had been "putting her hand on her ex-partner's leg which he was not pleased about".

He admitted throwing the tin of beer at her and pouring the beer over her and it had been done in the "heat of the moment" when he was "drunk".

The court heard the woman was not willing to make a statement of complaint to police.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said: "It's the first time I have ever come across a situation where a defendant phones police and makes full and frank admissions before the police receive any complaint from the injured party".

The lawyer said Wells accepted he had "completely over-reacted" and with alcohol taken his response had been "explosive".

He said the defendant had previous dealings with Mental Health Services and he had addiction issues.

He said the incident had been "completely reprehensible".

The court heard the defendant had been in prison before for relevant offences.

Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy said Wells had a "bad record for assault".

The judge said the offences were "aggravated by reason of domestic abuse" and as well as the nine months prison term a two year Restraining Order was also put in place.