A 21-YEAR-OLD man who confessed to police that he had “anger management issues” has been sentenced to three months in jail after assaulting the mother of his young son on two occasions.

Reece Nathaniel Williams, with an address at Lisolvan Park, Brookeborough, was charged with unlawfully assaulting his former partner on May 1, 2017, and again on July 10, 2017.

He was further charged with causing criminal damage to a door on both occasions.

Williams has been serving time in custody on remand since his arrest after the incident on July 10.

Appearing before Fermanagh Magistrates Court on Monday, via videolink from Maghaberry prison, he entered guilty pleas to all four charges.

The court heard that, at 11.30pm on May 1, the defendant had contacted the police and told them he had assaulted his partner.

When they arrived at the address in Brookeborough, they observed the injured party was “visibly upset and crying”. She had a scratch on her arm and a red mark on her face.

The woman alleged that Williams had grabbed her before later punching the bathroom door in anger, causing a four-inch hole.

On the way to the custody suite, the defendant told police that he had “anger management issues”.

Then, on July 10, the defendant arrived at the same address in Brookeborough and demanded to see his son.

During the second incident, Williams kicked a door in the house, again causing a hole.

On this occasion, he grabbed his ex-partner by the throat and also threw her against a door.

Defending solicitor, Reggie Ferguson, told the court that his client, who was originally from Scotland, had no previous record in either jurisdiction before May 1.

The solicitor said Williams had now had time to reflect on his actions and wished to have some part in his son’s life.

District judge, Nigel Broderick, said the offences were serious matters involving domestic violence, aggravated by the presence of a very young child.

He sentenced him to three months in jail and ordered him to pay a £15 offender levy.

He also imposed a 12-month Probation Order, with the added requirement to engage in offence-focused work, including any anger management work.