Northern Ireland

Londonderry soldier spared jail over iron bar attack

A Londonderry soldier in the Irish Army has been given a suspended jail sentence for hitting a man on the head with an iron bar.

Garbhan Timoney, from Old School Lane, was given a term of 15 months suspended for two years at Londonderry Crown Court on Wednesday.

He admitted striking the injured party who had earlier been involved in a row with his sister in January 2009.

The victim received seven stitches and 14 staples to a head wound.

Judge Piers Grant was told that Timoney was due to return to Kosovo in May with NATO to resume his duties.

His sergeant described him as reliable, courteous and an exemplary soldier.