This is the rugby-playing thug who launched a vicious attack on two elderly tourists after breaking into their holuday cottage at a top County Antrim resort.

Jonathon Milliken terrified the two Australian pensioners during the unprovoked attack at Ballymena’s plush Galgorm Resort.


The Larne man, who played for Queen’s University rugby team, left the men bloodied and bruised after a 12-hour drinking binge which left him “paralytic”.

The 22-year-old, who comes from an “exemplary” family background, escaped jail on Thursday after a judge deferred sentencing him for a year.

The attack, described as an “absolute disgrace” by judge Desmond Perry, happened in the early hours of September 8 last year.

A prosecutor told the court how Gerry Mullaney and Michael O’Leary travelled from Dublin airport to Ballymena after jetting in for a family wedding that week.


They checked into the Galgorm Resort, where they were staying in a cottage, and after suffering from jetlag, had retired early to bed.

At about 5am in the morning, 73-year-old Mr O’Leary was awoken from his sleep by a noise in the living room. When he got up to investigate, Milliken, who was not known to either men, was standing in their living room.

The 22-year-old, who also plays rugby for Larne RFC, launched himself at the pensioner, before punching him in the face. As he screamed for help, Milliken threw himself on top of him and he fell to the ground.

As the thug attacked the 73-year-old, ripping his pyjama top, Mr Mullaney awoke and ran out to the living room. A struggle ensued, and the 75-year-old fell, hitting his head off a settee.

Read the full story on the Belfast Telegraph.