Man is put on Probation for offences including damaging a window

A man who claimed he was owed money for doing three days work said if he was not paid the premises would “pay some way” and he then threw a brick at a window causing damage to the outer pane of double-glazing of a pub.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday, Lee McVicker (24), whose address was listed as Huey Crescent in Bushmills, was ordered to pay compensation of ยฃ780 for damaging the window.

In another incident, he was also ordered to pay a total of ยฃ390 for causing damage to fixtures and fittings and making off from a hostel without paying.

The court heard McVicker had booked into the hostel for five nights and had left beer cans “lying all over the place” and beer had been spilled on cushions, a sofa and the floor.

The cushions were so badly damaged they had to be thrown out.

An area had also been “thrashed”.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said his client had acted stupidly.

The defendant had pleading guilty to two charges of causing criminal damage and one charge of making off without paying and was put on Probation for 18 months.

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