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Smash of the ash Man (56) sentenced after attacking spectator with hurl at U-16 GAA match

The victim required hospital treatment for head lacerations and an apparent defensive injury to his hand and Judge Smyth said it was clear from reports the attack has had a “significant impact” on his life

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Kevin Maybin

Kevin Maybin

Kevin Maybin

A Ballycastle man who attacked another spectator with a hurl at a GAA match in a “shocking and disgraceful” incident was handed a two year sentence on Thursday.

Sentencing 56-year-old Kevin Maybin, Judge Patricia Smyth told the defendant that immaterial of the background of the attack, whether he was provoked or whether he reacted to being “told off for using foul language” at the under 16 game in May 2017, “this was shocking and disgraceful behaviour which brought the game into disrepute.”

Maybin appeared at Antrim Crown Court by videolink from his home at Whitehall Avenue in the seaside town although defendants sentenced to custody are usually ordered to surrender themselves, Maybin has already served the equivalent of his sentence while he appealed an earlier conviction for wounding with intent to cause GBH.

He had been given a four year sentence but the conviction was subsequently quashed by the Court of Appeal and last month, Maybin entered a guilty plea to a charge of simple wounding on 14 May 2017.

Maybin and his victim were watching an under 16 match when the 56-year-old lost his temper and struck his victim “two or three times” about the head with the hurling stick.

The victim required hospital treatment for head lacerations and an apparent defensive injury to his hand and Judge Smyth said it was clear from reports the attack has had a “significant impact” on his life.

She told Maybin that while it was a point in mitigation that he had admitted his guilt, “this was committed in the presence of young people at a sporting event.”

Revealing that Maybin has five previous convictions for assault and has been assessed as a “high likelihood of reoffending....there’s no question that this is a custodial matter given the injuries and how they were caused.”

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