Drunk who damaged car given suspended jail term

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A MAN captured on CCTV attacking a car when he was drunk has been handed a suspended jail term at Dungannon Magistrates Court.

Eoghan McKllion (32) of Hollow Mills Meadows, Newmills was arrested following the incident at a take-away on Dungannon’s William Street in October 2009.

A PPS solicitor told the court that McKillion was arrested after an independent witness observed the 32 year-old kicking the Peugeot 406 and damaging a wing mirror.

CCTV also showed the defendant ordering food inside the fast-food restaurant, exiting and attacking the car which was parked outside.

The prosecution solicitor added that police were unable to find out the estimated cost of damage to the vehicle because it was later involved in a road collision.

Defending McKillion, barrister Blaine Nugent said that the matter had taken so long to come to court because the defendant had moved address.

He added that his client had drug and alcohol issues at the time, but at present had been free from either for six months.

“He is somewhat remorseful and apologised to the driver for his actions,” added Mr Nugent.

Sentencing the 32 year-old, District Judge John Meehan said that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

He was sentenced to two months in prison, which was suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay a fine of £200 for criminal damage.