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Markethill pensioner jailed for five weeks for assaulting his wife

The injured party said he had put his knees on her chest whilst she was on a sofa before slapping her a number of times

A man who placed his knees on his wife’s chest and slapped her in the face after an argument has been sentenced to five weeks in prison.

The defence barrister described this as an “isolated incident” for his 75-year-old client who appeared before the court with no record.

Stanley Carr, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to common assault at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that on February 11, police received a report from an upset female in Markethill, who claimed to have been assaulted by her husband, the defendant.

The injured party stated that Carr had put his knees on her chest whilst she was on a sofa before slapping her a number of times.

Upon his arrest, the defendant was interviewed and made full admissions to the offence.

Defence barrister Damien Halloran described this as an “isolated incident” for his 75-year-old client who appeared before the court with no record.

The barrister stated: “This was an argument between himself and his wife that got out of hand….he is ashamed of the alleged nature of the offences, particularly given his age.”

Court heard that this was the defendant’s second wife, with whom he has three children.

Deputy District Judge Brian Archer commented he had concerns about the vulnerability of the injured party, who was also a foreign national.

Carr was sentenced to five weeks in prison for the offence before the court.

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