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Man who smashed woman’s window pane handed three month prison sentence

Defence said he had a 'serious underlying' addiction to prescription medication which led him to 'behave erratically'

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A Lurgan man who smashed a neighbour’s window with a brick has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The 23-year-old’s barrister told court that his client was taking a “pragmatic” attitude towards proceedings as he had no memory of the incident.

Justin Robinson, of Hoop Hill Park, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, via videolink from Maghaberry.

Prosecution outlined that on November 10, the injured party reported that the outer pane of a downstairs window at her home had been broken with a brick.

She identified this defendant, with whom she had prior issues, from CCTV footage.

Robinson was arrested at his home and denied smashing the window during interview.

Defence barrister Damien Halloran stated that his client had not been able to perfect bail prior to his arrest and was taking a “pragmatic” attitude towards proceedings as he had no memory of the incident.

Mr Halloran commented that Robinson had a “serious underlying” addiction to prescription medication which led him to “behave erratically”.

He added that no one had been injured in the incident with only the outer pane of the window smashed.

District Judge Bernie Kelly sentenced the defendant to three months in prison.

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