Let off fire extinguisher

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A man who sprayed a fire extinguisher through the letterbox of a 73-year-old disabled man’s home has been told he is old enough to “know better.”

Conor Christopher Lishman, of 13 Greenwalk, Creggan, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage on January 11.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the pensioner called police after the fire extinguisher was set off through the letterbox of his flat at Old City Court.

It was revealed damage was caused to an alarm in the flat, which was used by the disabled man to summon help, causing it to activate throughout the night.

Lishman was arrested for the incident after he was identified on CCTV.

Defence solicitor, Kevin Casey, told the court the incident was “rather childish, selfish and unpleasant for the resident.”

He said the 24-year-old was with a friend in the complex and “things took an unfortunate turn” when the fire extinguisher was let off in the letterbox.

Mr Casey said Lishman “deeply regrets” his actions and said the victim was not “targeted out of any vindictiveness.”

Imposing a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordering Lisman to pay compensation of £150 to Habinteg Housing, Deputy District Judge Peter King told Lishman “someone of your age should know better.”