A drug addict whose blind relative allowed him to stay at her home whilst he was on bail then demanded £100 before grabbing her and throwing her onto a bed and the next day he threatened to push her “off a wall”.
Paul Patterson (27), with an address at Windsor Place in Portrush, also threatened to throw the woman’s TV through a window during incidents in January this year.
When taken to Coleraine Police Station, Patterson damaged CCTV cameras in two cells.
The defendant, who had 95 previous convictions, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Maghaberry Prison and pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, a threat to damage property and criminal damage.
The court heard the blind woman, who is in her late 50s, agreed to allow Patterson to stay at her address whilst on bail but that as she went to use the bathroom in January this year Patterson would not let her pass and demanded £100 which he claimed was his.
A prosecutor said Patterson then grabbed the woman, leaving bruises on her arms, and pushed her back onto her bed and continued to shout aggressively but that a carer had arrived on the scene.
The next day the defendant threatened to throw the woman’s TV through a window and push his relative “off a wall”.
The court heard the woman was left upset.
In relation to the police station, the prosecutor said Patterson obscured the lens with toilet roll and then used custody-issue flip-flops to damage the camera and when moved to another cell he did the same causing a total of £500 worth of damage.
During a police interview the defendant denied physically assaulting his relative saying he would not assault a woman.
A defence barrister said Patterson had been addicted to Tramadol for seven years but had now detoxed in prison.
He said his client had displayed “very unpleasant conduct” towards his relative who had helped him with a bail address.
Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer jailed Patterson for seven months saying not only was the victim blind but in her late 50s and “no match” for the defendant.
The judge said cameras in police cells should be installed in such a way as to make them virtually indestructible as “your money, my money, taxpayers’ money” was needed to fix them