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Man given four weeks to reimburse assault victim for dental implants

The injured party told police he had been headbutted in the mouth outside a bar in Armagh

A man who left another needing two dental implants has been given four weeks to raise money to reimburse him.

Adjourning the case, the district judge commented: “There is a difference between genuine remorse and court imposed remorse. He should want to place the injured party in the position they were prior to this assault.”

Barry Colhoun, of Garrison Place in Moy, appeared for sentencing on one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that on July 21, 2018, police were called to a report of an assault outside the Railway Bar in Armagh.

Officers spoke to the injured party, who claimed he had been headbutted by another male in the mouth.

He was conveyed to Craigavon Area Hospital with facial injuries and lost two front teeth as a result.

Upon viewing CCTV, an officer was able to identify the culprit as this defendant.

Colhoun was subsequently arrested and made no comment to questions put during interview.

Prosecution told court that the injured party was engaged in “ongoing treatment” and had to have two dental implants fitted as a result of the assault.

Defence counsel stated: “Mr Colhoun is remorseful and regrets the injuries caused….he has spoken to the injured party outside of the court and has expressed his remorse to him.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented that over three years following the incident, the defendant had appeared with no restitution.

Defence counsel countered that Colhoun had not been asked to reimburse any costs.

Judge Kelly quipped: “There is a difference between genuine remorse and court imposed remorse. He should want to place the injured party in the position they were prior to this assault.”

The case was adjourned until November 16, for prosecution to get a figure for the cost of the dental implants and for the defendant to come to court with a sum of money “in that region”.

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