‘A remarkable record for one so young’ - Judge

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A 22 year old man with 48 previous convictions was told it was a remarkable record for someone so young.

Conor James McConville, Castle Lane, Lurgan, appeared last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

For offences on March 16 this year he was sentenced to four months in prison for assaulting a police officer.

Concurrent three month terms were imposed for possession of a class A drug, Ecstasy, criminal damage to a glass panel, resisting an officer, attempted criminal damage to a police vehicle and possession of Methylethcathinone.

For three assaults on the police on July 7 he was given four months in custody along with a concurrent three month term for resisting police and a two month sentence for assaulting a female.

The two four month terms are to run consecutively to each other making a total of eight months in prison.

A barrister representing McConville for the first set of offences said a pre-sentence report showed he lived a chaotic lifestyle connected to alcohol and drug misuse.

He said that McConville inexplicably committed the criminal damage offence and when police arrived on the scene he kicked off at them.

Another barrister representing the defendant on the second set of charges said McConville’s mother had washed her hands of him for around a year and a half but in a letter to the court has sensed a change in his attitude.

District Judge, Mr Peter King, said McConville had 48 previous offences which was a remarkable record for one so young and covered the entire ambit of criminality.