Northern Ireland

Man jailed for two years after drunken fight over kebab

A man who broke another man's jaw in two places in a drunken fight over a kebab has been jailed for two years.

Gary Bain, 24, of Chamberlain Street in Belfast admitted grievous bodily harm with intent, and assaulting police.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Patrick Lynch told him he had committed an "appalling series of acts" against his victim and the officers who arrested him.

The court was told his victim was beaten after he gave chase when his kebab was snatched out of his hand.

He had been standing outside a fast food outlet at Bradbury Place early on 11 September last year.

A prosecution lawyer said Bain had punched the man in the mouth, knocking him to the ground.

He said Bain and another man kicked and stamped on him.

Bain ran away when police officers arrived at the scene. They caught him a short distance away on Lower Crescent, where he "became aggressive," was "foaming at the mouth" and was lashing out in what prosecutors described as a "protracted violent struggle".

He was brought under control and arrested after being struck at least three times with batons.

As well as being jailed, Judge Lynch said he must spend three years on licence and must undertake alcohol counselling.