Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Criminal Investigation Department in Newry have welcomed the sentencing of 3 men at Newry Crown Court today, Friday 25 August, for their part in the vicious assault of a 36 year old man in the City on 19 October 2019.
Detective Sergeant Johnston said: “The victim was walking on Canal Street when he was attacked close to the Merchants Quay Junction. He suffered severe facial injuries when slashed with a knife causing him to fall to the ground. The assailants then kicked him while he lay on the ground causing him to lose consciousness.
“36 year old Niall Shebani was sentenced to five years imprisonment, half of which is to be served on licence, 26 year old Stephen Morgan was sentenced to 180 hours of community service for his involvement in the attack and 27 year old Danny McDonald was sentenced to a combination order including community service and probation for aiding and abetting wounding with intent, driving while disqualified and no insurance.
“These men violently attacked a young man who was walking along the street, causing severe wounds to his face. The victim was fortunate their injuries were not more serious. Despite limited investigative opportunities detectives were able to identify the assailants from CCTV images that led to their successful prosecution.
“I hope this sentencing sends out a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with this type of crime. We will work tirelessly to bring offenders before the courts so that that victims receive the justice they deserve.
“I would ask anyone who is a victim of crime to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or 999 in an emergency. or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/”