‘Did not like fact someone else had a fancy car’

Craigavon Courthouse.
Craigavon Courthouse.

Just because someone else had a fancy vehicle, a Moira man decided to slash two of its tyres, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Roger Johnston (47), Deramore Park, Moira, admitted criminal damage to a Range Rover on June 24 last year.

He was sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay £370 compensation.

The court heard that at 10.50pm the injured party reported that his vehicle had both rear tyres slashed while parked at Tesco, Lurgan.

CCTV showed a man crouching down beside the injured party’s vehicle. There were no other people in the area at the time.

Johnston was arrested and confirmed he was the male on the CCTV and that he had damaged the tyres, but could give no explanation. The damage amounted to £370 - £185 for each tyre.

A solicitor representing Johnston said he had paid £370 into their office to cover the damage. She explained that the defendant, who worked as a taxi driver, had mental health issues and was seeking help.

The solicitor added that it was completely out of character and he was embarrassed to be before the court.

The case had been adjourned from the previous week’s court so that a short sentence report could be obtained.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he recalled that the reason for the offence was that Johnston did not like the fact that someone else had a fancy car.