Nelson man who attacked teen girl has taken ‘Bubble’

Burnley Magistrates Court

Burnley Magistrates Court

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A MAN who assaulted a teenager and destroyed her mobile phone is to get help with his drugs and alcohol issues.

Pennine magistrates heard how Sean Robert 0’Callaghan was under the influence of “some substance” when he pushed the girl into a fence and ran off. He was later arrested, said he had been drinking and taking “bubble” and did not remember much about what happened.

The hearing was told the defendant told officers he had lost it. He knew he should not have done it and apologised.

O’Callaghan (20), of Regent Street, Nelson, who has 77 previous convictions, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage. He was bailed until August 17th for a pre-sentence report. The Bench said they were thinking of a community order and supervision to look at his drugs and alcohol issues and his aggressive behaviour. He was banned from contacting the victim.

Mr Nick Cassidy (for O’Callaghan) said he accepted his record was absolutely appalling. He had had a circle of friends who had a negative influence on him and had battled with alcohol. The solicitor added: “The vast majority of his previous convictions appear to be linked with alcohol one way or another.”