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Community service for man who assaulted two others outside bar

Defendant ordered to pay compensation for injured party's damaged glasses

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A Craigavon man who assaulted two others in an unprovoked attack after a night out has been ordered to complete 120 hours of community service.

Paul Moore, of Broad Oaks, pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and criminal damage at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Court heard that on May 19 at around 10.30pm on William Street, Lurgan, a fight broke out near the Batcave Bar.

The 29-year-old threw punches at two men, one of whom ended up with his glasses being damaged.

Court heard that the estimated cost of damage to the glasses was £106.75.

The defendant had been escorted from the bar earlier in the evening where he claimed he had been treated aggressively by a group of men, of which the two he assaulted were part of.

Moore said he could not remember the incident but claimed the attack had been provoked inside the bar.

Defence barrister Damien Halloran stated the defendant was “remorseful” and had brought the money for the glasses to court.

He said Moore accepted he had had too much to drink that night and thought he heard the two men shouting at him from across the street.

Mr Halloran told the court the defendant was now “moderating his alcohol intake” whilst back at home with family.

He added that Moore now had employment and “better things to do than drinking”.

The barrister said his client was “unlikely to be here again”

District Judge Bernie Kelly said this was “born out of alcohol” and hoped this was a “salutary lesson”.

Moore was ordered to complete 120 hours of community service and to pay back £106.75 in compensation for the broken glasses.

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