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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


A Lurgan man, who threatened to smash the windows of a taxi after not paying his fare, had his case heard at Craigavon Courthouse.

Daire McIlroy, (26), of Lurgan Tarry, pleaded guilty to charges of threats to damage property and making off without payment during the sitting on Friday, November 19.

The court heard that on July 9 this year, McIlroy threatened to damage the windows belonging to a taxi driver with a bottle of vodka after leaving his mobile phone behind.

It was stated in court that the defendant got a taxi from Dollingstown to Craigavon and back to Dollingstown and made no effort to pay for the fare.

In his defence, the court was told that McIlroy accepts his guilt and that his “significant record” is due to alcohol consumption. The solicitor further outlined that her client wants to turn his life around and has lodged £20 to cover the fare.

District Judge Bernie Kelly remarked that it is hard to pass sentencing for these types of offences as McIlroy has already served time on remand.

However, she stated that the defendant would benefit from a community based order and imposed a combination order of 12 months probation and 100 hours of community service.

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