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Two months jail for man who caused £70 worth of damage to a door

'Is this really how he wants to spend the rest of his life, with increasing amounts of time in custody?'

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A man who damaged a door panel worth around £70 has been sentenced to two months in prison.

A district judge said she presumed the 21-year-old’s mother had footed the bill for the damage.

Jason Hughes, of Victoria Street in Belfast, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, when he appeared via videolink from Maghaberry.

Court heard that the damage, which had been to a PVC panel of a door, had been estimated at £70 and had already been repaired.

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented: “I presume that it was his mother and not him who paid for it.

“I also presume that this offence was committed whilst he was under the influence of something as is the case with all of his record.”

Defence solicitor Siun Downey confirmed this and informed the court that Hughes wished to waive his right to a pre-sentence report.

She stated: “I ask that this is dealt with in the most lenient way possible given the way in which Mr Hughes had met the matter.

“He has been in custody since the date of the offence and at the time had just been released from prison.”

The offence occurred on January 30, meaning Hughes had spent just over two weeks on remand.

District Judge Kelly said: “Is this really how he wants to spend the rest of his life, with increasing amounts of time in custody?”

Hughes was sentenced to two months in prison for the offence.

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