Man damaged slot machine in bookies

There was a sitting of Longford District Court last week.
There was a sitting of Longford District Court last week.

A man who smashed a slot machine in a local bookmakers has received a suspended sentence.

David McIntyre, of Florence Street, pleaded guilty to criminal damage on February 28, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 27-year-old was in Ladbrokes Bookmakers in the Rosemount area of the city when he punched the screen of a slot machine, causing it to shatter.

During police interview he admitted punching the machine and claimed he wouldn’t pay for the damage caused.

The court heard £264 worth of damage was caused to the slot machine.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said his client ‘felt the machine had carried out various acts of theft on him throughout that day’.

He added the 27-year-old has a particular difficulty with gambling and has asked Ladbrokes to ban him in the past.

Suspending a one month sentence for two years, District Judge Des Perry also ordered the 27-year-old to pay £100 compensation.