Court in County Antrim hears man drinking 'home-made moonshine' randomly punched a car window

Court in County Antrim hears man drinking 'home-made moonshine' randomly punched a car window

A MAN was drinking "home-made moonshine" and after fighting with a friend randomly punched and broke a window of a car, a defence lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

Ryan Moorman (20), with addresses listed on charges sheets as Moylinney Park in Antrim town and West Crescent in Newtownabbey, admitted causing criminal damage to a Mercedes on June 22 last year.

He also admitted causing damage by spitting in a police car car and police cell van on New Year's Day, 2022.

The defendant appeared at court via a video link from custody and said: "I'm just fed up getting into trouble".

Regarding last June a prosecutor said Moorman told police he had consumed a "significant amount of alcohol" and "couldn't remember" what he had done.

Meanwhile, at 8.30pm on January 1 this year police received a report of an intoxicated male who had fallen in Antrim town centre.

Police found he had a cut on his forehead and he was aggressive to officers.

Police were taking him to a family member's address but he spat on a window and seat and when he was removed to a cell van he spat on the floor, seats and a door of that vehicle.

Both vehicles required cleaning before further use.

The defendant, who had a previous record, had only been out of prison for nine days when he damaged the police vehicles.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said Moorman had a "troubling background".

The lawyer told the court the defendant had been drinking "home-made moonshine" and after fighting with a friend he had randomly punched a car window.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he recognised Moorman had "many troubles" but said he would give him a chance to engage with Probation for 18 months with a condition that he gets addiction treatment.