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'Belly bounce' assault: Man gets suspended sentence

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Image caption Morrison Wilson was given a suspended term

A Belfast man who assaulted an elderly neighbour by "belly bouncing" her away from his home has received an eight-month suspended prison sentence.

Morrison Wilson must also pay a total of £1,000 compensation to the woman and her daughter for two separate incidents linked to a parking dispute.

Wilson must also pay £290 to cover the costs of damage to a television set.

The 59-year-old, of Rotterdam Court, was convicted of assaulting the pensioner within a week.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard how the woman suffered injuries when she fell in one of the incidents in October 2013.

Wilson claimed the victim had been aggressive and "sticking her nose in" as he spoke to a motorist outside his home.

During a contested hearing in February, he said: "With my big belly, because she was flailing her hands about, I just bounced her back."

According to his account, she fell backwards, landing on her tail bone area.

'Aggressive'

He also claimed fertiliser was flung at him after the fall.

Questioned by the prosecution about his claim to have "bounced" his neighbour, Wilson had replied: "What am I going to do? Grab her with my belly?"

He added: "She was very aggressive, she wasn't getting her own way... and I knew what was coming next."

Wilson was also found guilty of a series of offences connected to the dispute which occurred six days previously.

They included assaults on the two women, being found on the elderly lady's premises for an unlawful purpose, and criminal damage to a front door, television and vase belonging to her.

Two assaults on police also featured on his list of convictions.

During Wednesday's sentencing, a defence barrister said: "At the time of these offences it appears Mr Wilson was under pressure.

"I'm told there were various parking difficulties."

The barrister said his client has both mental and physical health issues.

Wilson is currently living with his sister in Lisburn, County Antrim, and plans to secure his own accommodation in that area, the court heard.

Passing sentence, the judge imposed eight months in jail for the belly assault incident.

He also handed a series of lesser prison terms for the other offences, all to run concurrently.

Each of the sentences was suspended for two years.

Giving Wilson six months to pay the total financial restitution, the judge said: "Compensation has to be paid within the required time.

"There is a risk that failing to pay it will result in imprisonment for 28 days.

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