Court hears Antrim man was 'dealing with his demons' by taking drugs

Court hears Antrim man was 'dealing with his demons' by taking drugs

AN Antrim town man who a defence lawyer said was taking drugs as a way of "dealing with his demons" has been given a three months prison sentence for smashing a neighbour's window in the middle of the night.

Dean Patrick McGreevy (25), of Andraid Close, admitted causing criminal damage on February 11 this year.

Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard that at 5.30am a neighbour awoke to the sound of breaking glass and found his kitchen window had been broken.

CCTV showed a male make a "gesture towards" the camera and he had an object in his hand before striking the window and making off.

Subsequently, the resident noticed the defendant wearing similar clothing to that on the CCTV and the defendant was arrested. A poker was seized by police.

The defendant had a previous record.

A defence lawyer claimed it was the police case that the resident had "fallen out" with a friend of McGreevy's and in a "drunken state" the damage was caused by the defendant in a "misguided attempt of loyalty".

The lawyer added that the defendant "has been abusing drugs as a way of dealing with his demons".