Jailed for damaging ex-partner’s home

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man who cause damage to his ex-partner’s house has been jailed for six months.

Emmett Paul Coyle, of Hawthorn Drive, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and criminal damage relating to three separate sets of offences between March 23 and April 7.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that police were called to deal with an incident and the 32-year-old became verbally abusive.

The court heard he was ‘offering violence’ towards police and was arrested.

A couple of weeks later. Coyle went into his ex-partner’s house and smashed a plate.

He also threw a picture frame at the TV and smashed glass in a display cabinet.

Coyle was released on bail in relation to this incident and was banned from going within 50 metres of her home.

However, the court heard police were called by the injured party because the 32-year-old was sitting outside her house.

Coyle became aggressive and was arrested.

It was revealed to the court the 32-year-old has 60 previous convictions and was in breach of a suspended sentence.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client ‘made the classic mistake of consuming alcohol when he was down. This made things so much worse’.

He added that the relationship between Coyle and the injured party is now over and ‘she has nothing to fear from him in the future’.