A man broke a window and then told police if a neighbour thought it was bad they had “no idea” what he was going to do next.
John Paul Donnelly (32), with a former address at Richmond Drive in Coleraine but who is now said to be living in the Mountsandel area of the town, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on June 24.
He admitted charges of causing criminal damage to a window belonging to a former neighbour at Richmond Drive on February 16 this year and also causing damage to a police cell on the same date.
On the date of the offence police found a trail of blood leading to Donnelly’s then property and he had cuts on his hand.
He told police that if the neighbour thought what happened was bad at that stage they had “no idea what is going to happen when I get out”.
The defendant smeared blood on a police cell.
A defence lawyer claimed Donnelly had “taken umbrage” with the neighbour and had broken the window in the “heat of the moment”.
The father-of-four, who works as a gardening groundsman, wished to apologise for what he had done, the lawyer said.
District Judge Liam McNally said Donnelly’s actions were “not very neighbourly type of behaviour”.
The defendant, who had a previous record, was given a four months jail term, suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to the former neighbour for damage and £22 compensation to the police for a clean-up.