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Man jailed for eight months for 2016 assault which left victim’s bruised and bloodied

Defendant is originally from the west of Ireland and was brought back on foot of a European Arrest Warrant

A man originally from the west of Ireland has been sentenced to eight months in prison for an assault in Newry dating back to 2016.

Court heard the 22-year-old had been brought back on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

Evan Walsh, whose address is given a Maghaberry, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, no licence and no insurance at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, where he appeared via videolink from the prison.

Prosecution outlined that on September 8, 2016, police were contacted by the ambulance service.

They said after being called to Railway Avenue in Newry, they located the injured party on Monaghan Street.

He had blood and bruising on his face but claimed that there was nothing wrong.

The injured party was subsequently taken to Daisy Hill Hospital, where photographs of his injuries were taken.

Police located two males on Upper Edward Street suspected of having been involved in the incident, one of which was the defendant.

The males were later identified to have been in contact with the injured party via CCTV which was seized.

When interviewed, Walsh made no comment to questions posed and was released on bail.

Defence barrister Seamus Lannon stated: “This man does have a record in the South, although nothing relevant.

“The CCTV shows that he was not the main instigator in this but he instructed me that he wanted the matter dealt with. He is from the West of Ireland and intends on returning there upon his release.”

District Judge Eamonn King said: “These are of some vintage, occurring between September 6 and September 9, 2016, with him being brought back on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.”

Walsh was sentenced to eight months in prison, was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay a fine of £300, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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