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Suspended jail for Clonmany cousins 18.09.11

TWO Inishowen cousins have been given suspended jail terms for assaulting a young Derry man who suffered a broken jaw.
Marius Noone, Tornabratley, Clonmany and Daniel Noone of Ard Cloontagh, Clonmany appeared at Buncrana District Court where they pleaded guilty to assaulting Niall McCullagh of 44 Glenedra Road, Feeny, Co Derry.
The court heard that Mr McCullagh, his girlfriend and a male friend travelled to Liberty's nightclub, Buncrana, on October 17, 2009.
On the dancefloor, Mr McCullagh was approached by three men who were unknown to him and a "scuffle broke out", the court was told. The four were ejected from the nightclub and a fracas continued in the lane outside. The court heard that Mr McCullagh, a 22 year old construction worker, was knocked to the ground. He told investigators he tried to get up but wasn't able and he remembers nothing after that. He was detained overnight for treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital. His jaw was broken in four places and had to be wired up for 12 weeks, the court heard.
Judge Kelly said he presumed the injured party had had to "eat through a straw" for the three months.
Defence solicitor, Paudge Dorrian, said his clients were identified through CCTV images and "good detective work". "People can get very heated and very difficult with drink taken," said Mr Dorrian.
Judge Kelly was told that Marius Noone had since emigrated to America for work and would not be coming back. Neither of the cousins had previous convictions. Both their fathers were present in court.
Marius Noone was given a two-month jail term suspended on condition he enter a bond of good behaviour and keep the peace for a period of two years. He was also fined 1,000 and given six months to pay. Daniel Noone was given a three-month prison sentence suspended for two years under the same terms.
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