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Man Who Had ‘Genuine Concerns About His Personal Safety’ Failed To Complete Unpaid Work

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Coleraine Courthouse
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A man who had, according to his barrister, “genuine concerns as regards his personal safety” and did not complete a Community Service Order, has instead been given a suspended jail sentence.

Mark McConnell (28), with an address at Causeway Street in Portrush, had been ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work in 2017 after being convicted of burglary and criminal damage.

He was back at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday September 17 where defence barrister Francis Rafferty said that whilst doing Community Service his client had “genuine concerns as regards his personal safety”.

Mr Rafferty said it was accepted the Probation Service attempted to “make things easier for him” and the Order was not completed.
The lawyer said the defendant had completed 97 out of the 200 hours.

Regarding the original offences for which McConnell was sentenced, Mr Rafferty said his client had “entered a house when he was not wanted, and didn’t behave well”.

District Judge Peter King noted the incident had been a “domestic dispute” when the defendant broke a window to get into a building.
He revoked the Community Service and replaced it with a four months jail term, suspended for two years.

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