Twins get suspended sentence for damage

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‘Nuisance’ twin brothers who smashed the window of a car have received a suspended jail sentence.

Liam and Stephen Harkin, of Bonds Hill, were found inside the vehicle in the Carnhill area of the city earlier this week.

The brothers, who are aged 25, pleaded guilty to taking and driving away and criminal damage on August 16.

Liam Harkin also admitted stealing a hooded top worth £45 from JD Sports on August 1.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard Liam Harkin went into the shop and attempted to walk out with the top without offering to pay.

The item was recovered fit for resale.

On August 6, police were on patrol in Carnhill when they were flagged down by a member of the public who reported two suspicious males sitting in a damaged car.

Police went to the vehicle, which had a broken front passenger window, and found the twin brothers inside.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court that Stephen Harkin was released from prison last week and decided to celebrate with his twin brother.

He said they ended up in the car, but don’t remember breaking the window or why they were there as neither of them can drive.

Mr MacDermott said the brothers were good natured when sober. However, when they consumed alcohol they ‘behave foolishly’ and are ‘nuisances’.

District Judge Barney McElholm imposed a five month sentence suspended for two years.

He also ordered the brothers to pay £100 compensation to the owner of the vehicle.