Man jailed for three months after damaging vacant property

Craigavon Court House.
Craigavon Court House.

A 23-year-old man who went into a vacant house and caused damage was given a three month prison sentence last Friday at Craigavon Court.

Aaron Hughes, Victoria Street Place, Lurgan, appeared by videolink from Maghaberry Prison.

He admitted entering as a trespasser on February 23 a dwelling at Headington Mews with intent to cause damage.

As well as the jail term Hughes was ordered to pay £173 restitution for the cost of the damage and a £25 offender’s levy.

The court heard there was damage to a window and the shower curtain in the bathroom.

Hughes said he was getting out of the bath and fell causing the damage. He claimed the window was already open.

The house was vacant and the landlord was getting it ready for new tenants.

A defence barrister aid Hughes had already served the equivalent of two months in custody.

Deputy District Judge, Mr Sean O’Hare, said it was clear the custody threshold had been crossed. Hughes had caused damage on his way in and way out of the property.