Cookstown man stole 47-inch TV from house while occupant slept


A DISTRICT Judge has warned a Cookstown man that he could end up serving between 15 and 18 months in custody.

Before the court was Pearce Patrick McLarnon, of Church Street in the town, who admitted charges of assault, causing actual bodily harm, and burglary in Magherafelt last June.

The 23-year-old had sentencing deferred until November 19, 2014, to monitor his behaviour.

“You are building up quite a record young man,” Judge Des Perry told him at Magherafelt Magistrates Court. “Suspended sentences don’t seem to mean anything to you but they are adding up.”

Mr Perry told McLarnon that he would treat him leniently if he stayed out of trouble.

A prosecuting lawyer said on June 9 the victim of the assault, Martin O’Hagan, attended Magherafelt police station and claimed he had been injured by the defendant.

The lawyer said Mr O’Hagan was taken to Antrim Hospital A&E where it was found he had a broken nose.

Continuing, the lawyer said in the early hours of June 2 McLarnon went to a house on the Killowen housing estate with alcohol and was invited in by the occupant.

The lawyer explained that the occupant fell asleep and when he woke up he discovered that his 47 inch screen television was gone along with the defendant.