Cookstown woman gets six month sentence for attack on Dunleath Bar

The Dunleath Bar and Office Licence in Church Street, Cookstown. INMM2613-247ar.
The Dunleath Bar and Office Licence in Church Street, Cookstown. INMM2613-247ar.

A jail sentence of six months has been handed to a Cookstown woman who broke two windows at a local bar while on bail for other charges.

East Tyrone Magistrates Court heard how police received a report from the proprietor of the Dunleath Bar stating that a woman had broken two windows in the early hours of September 18.

The defendant, Stacey Watterson, 24, from Stewart Avenue, was identified via CCTV footage. The damage amounted to £1,164.

The court then heard about another incident on the evening of August 10 when police were called to a disturbance in the Stewart Avenue area.

Ms Watterson approached them showing her middle finger and calling an officer a “stupid f**king w**ker”.

She was warned on several occasions to stop her behaviour as the noise had awoken a number of neighbours nearby.When she saw them appear at their doors, Watterson began shouting at them.

She then ran off and police gave chase, catching up with her some distance away. During her arrest she told one of the officers to “f**k up PC Plum”.

She continued to struggle in the police car and at one stage began to headbutt the door. She also threatened the driver and said she would kick him in the head.

District Judge Bernadette Kelly told Mr Colin Donnelly, defending, that “your client appeared on September 6 on the charge sheet on bail. While on bail she commits another offence. This is a serious aggravating feature.

“She was given the opportunity to go to probation and she doesn’t go. I’d have thought that so anxious she would’ve been to attend probation that you would’ve been on the phone to your solicitor immediately. Instead you sat and did nothing for four weeks.

“I don’t need a probation report to send her to prison,” she warned Mr Donnelly.

Judge Kelly then handed down a sentence of six months in prison for the criminal damage to the Dunleath Bar.

She also imposed two three month sentences for disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest before ordering that they run concurrently to the first case “due to her plea of guilty”.

There was no compensation order made as Judge Kelly adjudged that it was highly unlikely that she would be able to pay it.

Bail for appeal was fixed at £500.

Strict conditions were imposed, including a curfew and a drink ban. She must also not go within 100 metres of the Dunleath Bar.

An offender’s levy of £25 was also imposed by the presiding judge.