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Baby-faced brawler avoids jail despite punching through ex's windows and threatening to kill her

We can reveal Lurgan loon Steven Hanna already had a conviction for beating up a cop last year - and walked free then too
Steven Hanna talks to our man Steven at his Lurgan home

Steven Hanna talks to our man Steven at his Lurgan home

Steven Moore

This is the baby-faced brawler who avoided jail despite smashing an ex-partner's windows with his fists and threatening to kill her.

But despite looking like butter wouldn't melt, we can reveal Lurgan loon Steven Hanna already had a conviction for beating up a cop last year - and walked free then too.

He was sentenced recently to five months behind bars for the window punching incident, but a judge gave him a third chance to turn his life around by suspending it for two years.

On Wednesday we confronted Hanna at his home in Mourneview estate, Lurgan. He politely told us he didn't wish to comment on the case but agreed that he was "lucky" to have avoided prison again.

But he regularly takes to social media to dish out thinly veiled aspersions to his enemies.

Indeed, on the day of the attack he posted how he was "F'ing done with people" as "most of em are two faced lying tw**s".

Last month a court heard how 32-year-old Hanna had been responsible for a "despicable series of offences" during a shocking incident at a woman's home in May this year.

Hanna, of Balmoral Drive, appeared for sentencing at Craigavon Magistrates Court on two counts of threats to kill, two counts of criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

The boozed-up thug had smashed a window of the property with his fist, having already smashed another window earlier that day.

Officers attended the address in Lurgan, with Hanna seen outside the property with a bloodied grey hoodie and cuts to his hands.

Inside, police located two females in an upset state. The injured party told officers that Hanna, having damaged a window earlier that day, had gone to her property clearly drunk.

She said the defendant had smashed another window with his fist before telling her and the other occupant that he was going to "f***ing kill them".

Hanna was arrested but had to be taken to Craigavon Area Hospital due to his injuries sustained from smashing the window.

While there, the tanked-up terror shouted and swore with other patients and he continued to do this despite several warnings.

A defence barrister described his client's record as "strange" as he had only come to the attention of authorities in recent years, which he claimed was linked to Hanna's "over-consumption of alcohol".

He said: "This would normally be a case in which I would say this man is crying out for probation, but there are currently breach proceedings and probation is not an option."

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers described this as a "despicable series of offences" as she sentenced the defendant to five months in prison suspended for two years.

In addition, Hanna was ordered to pay compensation of £500 to the injured party within 15 weeks.

But we can also reveal Hanna has a history of violence against women.

In February 2020 Hanna was before the courts after he pleaded guilty to repeatedly punching a police officer in the head after they had been called out by reports he had assaulted his ex-partner in September 2019.

Police were called to the Shimna Walk area of Lurgan after a report of a woman being assaulted.

Hanna lost the plot and punched one of the officers three times to the head.

District Judge Amanda Brady sentenced Hanna to 18 months' probation and a two-year restraining order was also put in place.

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