Ian Steele man admits assaulting pregnant wife

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house
Image caption The defendent now wants to straighten things out in his life

A man who assaulted his pregnant wife has been given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Ian Steele, 21, from Rockdale Road in Cookstown, County Tyrone, admitted hitting her with a trainer and causing her immense pain when he grabbed her chest.

The district judge also imposed a three-year restraining order.

He said Steele would go straight to jail if he used violence against a woman again.

'Remorseful'

A defence barrister said Steele got married at 19 and became a father at 20.

Things got too much for him and the marriage is now over.

He said Steele has been unable to see his baby son since the incident.

He was remorseful for his actions and his priority was now to straighten things out in his life, he added.