Assaulted sister during dispute over grave item


During an argument with his sister, a 38-year-old man assaulted her leaving her with a

bruise to her forehead, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard.

Paul Anthony Patrick Hanna, Halls Mill Green, Gilford, admitted common assault onMarch 27 this year.

He was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that police had been called to a domestic incident in Gilford between a brother and his sister and the sister had been assaulted.

There had been a dispute about a plaque which had been taken from their mother’s graveside. He had taken exception to it being removed.

The assault happened when he moved his head towards the victim and she was left with a bruise on her forehead.

Hanna’s barrister said this was an unfortunate state of affairs. He explained that there had been a plaque at the grave and it had been taken down and thrown in the bin.

The barrister added that Hanna went round with his girlfriend and this assault took place. There had been no contact between them since.

He asked the judge to consider leaving something hanging over the head of the defendant.

District Judge Eamonn King asked what the background was to Hanna’s conviction for harassment in 2012. He was told it related to a neighbourhood dispute when he had fallen out with a neighbour.

“He seems to have a habit of falling out with people,” said Judge King, adding that if Hanna had not had a record he would have bound him over and given him the advice to repair the damage that exists between him and his family members.

However, he continued, he did have a record with some items on it which gave him cause for concern.

Imposing the suspended sentence Judge King told Hanna: “You have a bad habit falling out with people and you should consider dealing with it.”