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Man who hit wife with plastic dog bed in front of child sentenced to community service

Defendant was told: 'You are coming before the court far too often. It is enough now'

Craigavon Court

A man who struck his wife on the hand with a plastic dog bed, leaving her with cuts and swelling, has been ordered to complete 50 hours community service.

Sentencing the 35-year-old, the deputy district judge stated: “You are coming before the court far too often. It is enough now.”

Lopes Carlos Da Silva, of Ballyoran Park in Portadown, appeared for sentencing on a single count of common assault at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on October 10, police were tasked to a report of a domestic incident at an address in Ballyoran Park, Portadown.

Officers spoke to the injured party who stated that the defendant, her husband, had struck her on the hands with a “plastic dog bed”. Police observed the female had cuts and swelling to her hand.

The injured party also made claims that Da Silva had punched her, but she could not indicate where or how many times.

She stated that the defendant had become loud and aggressive, with this all happening in the presence of their young child.

The injured party told police she had run for help from neighbours after Da Silva had lifted the child and refused to hand them over.

She also stated that the defendant only became aggressive after consuming alcohol.

Addressing Da Silva, Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes stated: “You are coming before the court far too often. It is enough now.”

The defendant was sentenced to complete 50 hours of community service.

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