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Conditional discharge for man who left assault victim needing dental implants

Judge sentences man after 'substantial amount' handed over

Craigavon Courthouse

A Dromore man – who left another man needing dental implants after assaulting him – was a conditional discharge after handing over £2,500 to his victim.

William Woods, 50, of Lynn Avenue, appeared at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

The sentencing of the defendant had been deferred to obtain an estimate for the dental work the injured party required.

Court heard that the total cost of putting right the damage was £2521, which was for two implants to be fitted.

District Judge Bernie Kelly told defence barrister Damien Halloran that once this was paid she would reflect upon Woods’ sentence.

Mr Halloran stated that the amount would be paid in full that day, therefore sentencing could be completed in the afternoon.

When the defendant returned for sentencing District Judge Kelly commented that this was a “very nasty incident”.

She continued by saying that despite this his sentence would be reflective of his lack of record and the “substantial amount paid” over by defendant.

Woods was given a conditional discharge for two years, but warned that if he offended again he would serve time behind bars.

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