Northern Ireland

Derry man sentenced over court attack

A Londonderry man who assaulted another man in a courtroom during an inquest has received a suspended sentence.

Damian McCloskey, 47, of Carranbane Walk admitted assaulting the man on 1 July last year.

The court was told that there was an inquest being held in Derry courthouse and police were called after a man reported he was assaulted.

The injured party said that his uncle, McCloskey, had assaulted him in the courtroom after a verbal exchange.

Deputy District Judge Peter King said that it was a serious matter that the assault took place in a courtroom.

He said if people were to have confidence in the legal system there could not be such incidents.

He said that given the circumstances McCloskey's "good sense and good behaviour" was clouded.

He said he would leave something hanging over McCloskey's head and sentenced him to two months in prison suspended for 12 months.