A MAN who attempted to enter a woman's car by trying the door handle as the vehicle slowed down in Crumlin has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Hugh Doherty (22), with an address listed as Dublin Road in Antrim town, had a short time earlier entered a parked "wedding car" business vehicle sitting outside a property in Crumlin but was disturbed by the owner.
The defendant admitted charges of interfering with vehicles in relation to September 10 last year.
The incidents happened around 12.45pm.
Antrim Magistrates Court , sitting in Ballymena, heard the defendant also admitted interfering with vehicles and causing criminal damage at Perkins Kitchens at Dundrod Road near Nutts Corner on August 13 last year.
A prosecutor said windows had been smashed at the premises and CCTV showed Doherty breaking a window with stones and using a jack handle to smash alarms.
Police recognised him from the CCTV.
He also damaged security alarms and attempted to open the doors of vehicles.
The prosecutor said the defendant entered the premises at 3.45am and left at 5.10am.
She said it was unknown what he was doing and although nothing was reported as stolen the cost of damage in the incident was estimated at £870.
When asked by police where he had been that morning the defendant said he had been "spiked with MDMA" and had no memory.
The court heard the defendant had a previous record.
A defence barrister accepted the incidents were "troubling and serious".
He said the incident at the kitchen business was "bizarre" as nothing had been stolen.
He said the defendant, who he said "is from a travelling background," had been "drunk".
District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "These are serious matters. You have caused a lot of damage to premises. And to try and get into vehicles, especially flagging down a female driver, that would have been a very worrying experience for her."
The defendant was given a six months jail term, suspended for two years and put on Probation for a year.
- Main picture: General image of a car door handle.