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Man assaulted woman has sentencing deferred in bid to keep him off drugs and employed

A Lurgan man who assaulted a female has had his sentencing deferred in a bid to keep him off drugs and in employment.

Court heard the 37-year-old was currently on probation and has since been handed a restraining order against the woman he assaulted.

Timothy David Deardon, of The Courtyard, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and common assault at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

It was heard that on September 11, 2018, the police received a report that a male had assaulted a female outside the Spar store on the Mourne Road in Lurgan.

The injured party alleged that she had been assaulted by the defendant and that he had damaged her mobile phone.

Deardon was in police custody for another matter and CCTV was retrieved.

The footage showed the defendant going to and from a property on the Mourne Road several times with the two parties embracing.

However, on the final occasion the CCTV images show Deardon lunging at the injured party’s door.

During interview, the defendant appeared agitated; he claimed he had put the injured party out of the property on the morning of the incident and that she had broken her own phone by throwing it at a television.

Prosecution said the injured party had been slapped across the face and had been left with cuts to her lip.

Defence barrister David McKeown stated: “Mr Deardon has an active probation order and restraining order which post dates this incident but refer to the same injured party.

“He has been complying well with these and the time he was a man struggling with his mental health this was not helped by his consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs.

“He is now off illicit substances since January; he had an unenviable record but he has nothing since January and has been working with probation along with community addictions [team].”

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “The problem is I don’t know where the truth is. Mr Deardon told the police one thing and then told probation another thing.

“There are positives. He is now in full time employment, he is now working with probation so I am going to defer this sentencing.”

Sentencing in the case was deferred until March 4, and Deardon was told to stay out of trouble, stay of drugs and stay employed.

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