An Armagh pensioner went on a rampage and left a woman ‘so scared she had to hide in her room and phone the police’, a court heard.

Brian Nugent, of Tyross Gardens, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Newry on Tuesday, charged with a range of offenses.

The 72-year-old man, appearing via video link from Maghaberry, is charged with: common assault; four counts of criminal damage stemming from an incident on March 4; driving with excess alcohol on the breath and failure to provide a breath sample for testing, in connection with an incident on September 23, 2021; not having a vehicle test certificate; use of a vehicle without insurance and use of a vehicle without an excise license, regarding an incident that occurred on March 16, 2022.

The prosecution said that on March 4 this year, police received a report of a domestic disturbance in Armagh. On their way to the property, the aggrieved party claimed that Nugent was “in a furious mood” and kicked the kitchen door, smashed ornaments in the house and pushed the aggrieved party against the wall.

Police noted there were no injuries on the injured part, but when they spoke to Nugent he picked up a glass and “smashed it to the ground”. He was later arrested and taken to Banbridge Police Station.

Nugent fully admitted to the infractions during a March 8 interview.

The court heard that during the incident relating to the second indictment, on September 23, 2021, at 1.50am, police received a report that a man had entered a house in Armagh and refused to leave. The injured party told police that Nugent “pushed” her when she opened the door and refused to leave.

The accused became “confrontal” with the police and alcohol could be smelled on his breath. As he was evicted from the property, he said, “I got drunk and drove that car over there.”

Police checks confirmed that the car belonged to Nugent and the keys were in his pocket.

He then refused to provide a preliminary breath sample. He was taken to Lurgan Police Station where he provided a probative reading of 48mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

The latest set of charges dates back to March 16, when police received a report of a vehicle being driven in Armagh, which checks confirmed was uninsured, without a valid vehicle test certificate and registered under the name of SORN.

District Judge Anne Marshall said that regarding the common assault incident, the injured party was “terrified” and “she was so scared she had to hide in her room and phone the police”.

“The pain I’m about to utter is compounded by the fact that this happened in a domestic relationship.”

For the assault incident, Nugent was sentenced to a total of four months in custody.

For the September 23 driving offense he was fined £200 for excessive drinking, fined £100 for failing to provide a sample and banned from driving for a year.

Finally, for the March 16 incident, he was fined £200 for no insurance, £50 for no MOT and £50 for no business license, with a further six months disqualification.

Judge Marshall also issued an immediate warrant with respect to the two driving offense cases.




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