Conditional discharge following neighbour dispute

Suspended sentence for man who assaulted wife

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Craigavon man, who damaged a van windscreen belonging to a neighbour, has pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage.

The case of Terry McCann, (77), of Pinebank, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, March 11.

The court heard that on July 22 last year, the injured party reported that the front windscreen of his van had been damaged by his neighbour earlier that day.

The injured party had captured the incident on a CCTV system which had been retrieved by police and the damage to his van had been photographed.

On August 10, the defendant attended Lurgan Police Station for a voluntary interview and denied the offence and made an allegation that the complainant had broken his kitchen window the evening before the van was damaged.

In his defence, the court was told that McCann continues to deny the offence after he was convicted during a contest. However, it was added that it was “extremely regrettable” that a man of McCann’s age appeared before the court and now has a criminal record.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer imposed a conditional discharge of two years and a two-year restraining order.

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