A MAN who hit somebody with a torch and twice breached a restraining order has been given a two-week curfew.

Michael Naughton, 52, attacked Philip Harrison at a property in Park Street on November 13, 2018.

Naughton also breached a restraining order forbidding him from visiting his mother’s home on two occasions; December 10 and February 4.

At a previous sentencing hearing in January, Judge Timothy Stead opted to defer sentence in order for Naughton to prove he can stay offence free and co-operate with the probation service.

Despite breaching the restraining order again, the order was revoked in April 2, after Naughton’s mother was taken into a care home for her dementia.

Defending, Andy Costello said: “Clearly his mental health wasn’t very stable at the time of the assault.

“Muamba House has been trying to find him stable, long-term accommodation.

“He said he’s moving forward with his life.”

The probation service said that Naughton had engaged with all of his appointments and had been very positive.

They added that he has stabilised “very well” and recommended a curfew as a possible course of action.

“I think a curfew order is attractive,” Judge Stead agreed.

“He has found some stability and there is a need to keep him that way.”

Addressing Naughton in the dock, Judge Stead added: “Last time I saw you, you’ll remember me asking if you’d comply. You told me you would and I believed you. You have so I’m going to be relatively lenient.

“I impose a 14 day electronically monitored curfew between the hours of 7pm and 6am.

"I want you to get on with your life. This is an opportunity for you. I hope you really make a go of it and you’re free to go as far as I’m concerned.”