Following a report from the Probation Service a man who was charged with assault causing harm to another man has avoided a custodial sentence but must carry out 100 hours of community service.

Letterkenny District Court heard on Thursday that Stuart Mackintosh (41) of Carmoney Road, Cranford had met with Probation Services on two occasions.

Barrister Charlotte Simpson instructed by solicitor Roisin Doherty told the court: “Mr Mackintosh was going through a difficult time. There was a long-standing relationship between Mr Mackintosh and the victim and indeed the victim’s family. The probation officer believes there is a very low risk of reoffending.”

The court heard that Mr Mackintosh was the proprietor of a game farm in Cranford. As a result of the assault which occurred at Mullagheep, Ramelton on November 12, 2012 his gun license was revoked, forcing him to employ someone for vermin control.

“He has been without a gun license for 2 ½ years now and it was indicated to him to wait until this matter was disposed of before applying for a further license,” said Ms Simpson.

Judge Paul Kelly said: “On the basis that it is accepted that it is out of character and that he is deemed a low risk of reoffending I will deal with it on community service. It is a very serious matter that has had a big impact on the victim and his family.”

Mr Mackintosh was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service in lieu of four months imprisonment and to pay compensation of €1,500 to the victim.

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