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Judge orders presentence report for Lurgan man who assaulted wife and 12-year-old daughter

The case was adjourned until April for sentencing

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A Lurgan man who assaulted his wife and her 12-year-old daughter must wait until later this year to learn his fate.

Adjourning the case, the district judge commented: “I am going to need a presentence report when there is an assault on a 12-year-old.”

The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the child, pleaded guilty to common assault and cruelty to a person under 16 at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, via videolink from his solicitor’s office.

Prosecution began outlining that on October 21, police were tasked to reports that the defendant had assaulted his wife and daughter.

District Judge Bernie Kelly interjected at this point, asking the age of the defendant’s daughter, as prosecution informed court she was 12 years of age.

The judge stated: “I am going to need a presentence report when there is an assault on a 12-year-old.”

The case was adjourned until April 8 for sentencing.

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