Caused damage to pizza delivery van

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who caused damage costing more than £1,900 to a pizza delivery van has received a suspended jail sentence. Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullan also ordered 21-year-old Philip O’Donnell to spend a year on probation. O’Donnell, of Baldrick Crescent, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, attempted criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

The charges relate to an incident on the Strand Road on August 16. Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the 21-year-old and another man kicked large bins belonging to Dominoes Pizza, causing one of them to topple over.

O’Donnell then got into a pizza delivery van and was asked to get out. He punched and kicked the van, causing a number of dents.

The court was told the total cost of the damage was £1,910.

During police interview, the defendant claimed he had no recollection of the incident because he was so drunk. However, he apologised for his behaviour and said he wished to pay for the damage.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said his client had brought £200 to court with him towards compensation.

He said O’Donnell was a man who has a number of difficulties and was shot in a so-called punishment shooting.

Suspending a two month jail sentence for 12 months and imposing the probation order, Deputy District Judge Mullan also ordered O’Donnell to pay £1,910 compensation to Dominoes Pizza.