A COURT has heard a man who works for British Telecom has “distanced himself” from his son “because of the nature of the offending” after £170 worth of damage to a payphone in Coleraine town centre.
Defendant Aaron David Millar (27), with an address listed as Meadowbank Court in the Strand Road area of Derry/Londonderry, had 15 previous convictions for criminal damage, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told on January 27.
The defendant admitted causing criminal damage to a payphone in July last year.
A prosecutor said police on patrol at Railway Road in Coleraine at 12.30am on July 28 saw the defendant “kicking” the payphone.
During an interview the defendant initially claimed the phone was already damaged and he had “thrown” it because it wasn’t working.
A defence lawyer said Millar had a very lengthy and relevant criminal record and said the defendant’s dad had “distanced himself” from his son because of such offending.
Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare deferred sentencing until July and warned Millar not to get involved in “mayhem” again.
The defendant was also ordered to pay compensation of £172.50