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Man who smashed up payphone in Coleraine town centre claimed he was frustrated as it had already been damaged

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A MAN who smashed up a payphone causing £172.50 worth of damage in Coleraine town centre has been ordered to pay compensation and has also been fined £150.

Aaron David Millar (27), with an address listed as Meadowbank Court in the Strand Road area of Derry/Londonderry, previously had sentencing deferred after the case was mentioned earlier this year.

The case was back in court this week at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, where a prosecutor said that at 12.35am on July 28 last year police were on mobile patrol at Railway Road in Coleraine when they observed the defendant “smashing and kicking” the phone handset on a BT payphone “multiple times”.

The handset had been smashed into “multiple pieces” and appeared to no longer be working.

When arrested Millar said the phone had already been damaged when he went to use it but admitted that he did “throw it” as he was coming out of the phone box.

A prosecutor said Millar said the reason he was “jumping off the phone” was because he couldn’t use it as it was broken.

A defence lawyer said a guilty plea had been entered and that the defendant had a “lengthy record” in relation to charges of a similar nature.

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