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Joseph Magee was sentenced at Armagh Magistrate's Court

Joseph Magee was sentenced at Armagh Magistrate's Court

Joseph Magee was sentenced at Armagh Magistrate's Court

A Newry man who punched a partially sighted pensioner and kicked his guide dog in the belly was handed a seven month jail sentence today.

Sentencing Joseph Magee at Armagh Magistrates Court, Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer told the 33-year-old: "You have a very bad criminal record, it would appear everything else has been tried and a custodial sentence is appropriate in this case".

Magee, from St Mary Street, had earlier appeared for sentencing on assault occasioning actual bodily harm, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and two counts of theft.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court that on 5 July 2019, Magee stole three bottles of Buckfast from a Spar shop while the assault related to an incident on 6 November last year.

The victim, a 73-year-old man who is partially blind reported that he had been in his fold housing flat on Scotch Street in Armagh when he answered “loud banging” at the door.

Magee forced his way in, punching the pensioner to his eye and nose before “taking a swipe” at his guide dog and collapsing in a heap on top of his victim.

Magee was arrested at the scene but during interview he denied any wrongdoing.

Defence solicitor Kevin McDonnell conceded the theft had been "unsophisticated" while in relation to the assault, he submitted it was a case of mistaken identity because he was so drunk.

He revealed that Magee’s uncle lives next door to the victim “and he thought that his uncle was not letting him into the property".

Jailing Magee, DJ Mateer accepted the defendant had expressed remorse but added: "This partially sighted man did not know what to expect at his door. He did not expect to be assaulted.

"He did not expect his guide dog to be struck in the belly, all in the presence of his wife. You have a very bad criminal record, it would appear everything else has been tried and a custodial sentence is appropriate in this case".

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