Man slashes ex-wife’s tyre

Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel
Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel

On his way home after he had been drinking a 45-year-old man saw the car of his estranged wife and slashed a tyre on the vehicle.

He also slashed tyres on three other vehicles and when police arrived he told them, “I’m guilty.”

Raymond John Glass, Kilmore Road, Kilmore, Armagh, was fined £120 last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for driving with excess alcohol in his breath on July 13 this year.

He was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and banned from driving for 12 months.

A fine of £100 was imposed on each of four charges of criminal damage and he was ordered to pay compensation sums of £70, £130, £50 and £50.

The court heard that police were called to a disturbance at the Armagh Road, Portadown.

Glass came up to them and said, “I’m guilty. I’m guilty. I’ve done a silly thing and I will pay for the tyres.”

The defendant’s ex-partner was at a friend’s house at a party and four cars were damaged by him.

Glass failed a breath test at the scene and in the custody suite an evidential test gave a reading of 60.

He told police he had a brain tumour and could not recall anything.

A solicitor representing Glass said he had taken far too much alcohol.

He explained that he defendant had been in a bar in Portadown and on his way home he saw his wife’s vehicle on the Armagh Road.

The solicitor said Glass was ashamed of his behaviour and accepted his guilt at the scene.

He added that his client’s marriage broke up two and a half years ago after 19 years of marriage. He has an ongoing medical condition and has not been drinking since this incident.