Man committed ‘crime of passion’

A Limavady man who committed criminal damage must pay £3,000 compensation to the owner of the vehicle for what has been described as “a crime of passion”.

Mark Alexander Kilpatrick, of Crossnadonnell, was sentenced at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. The court heard at midnight on December 27, 2014, the owner of a BMW heard thumps and bangs. When he looked outside he saw Kilpatrick walk away. He called police, providing a description of Kilpatrick, and said damage to the vehicle included smashed lights, wing mirrors being knocked off.

Kilpatrick told police: ‘I don’t know what I’ve supposed to have done”.

Due to his intoxicated state he was interviewed the next day. Damage was put at £3,054.62.

A defence solicitor said what happened was “most unfortunate”, and explained Kilpatrick had previously been in a relationship with the injured party’s partner, but the relationship had ended and it was difficult for him. He said Kilpatrick had too much drink and had been on his way home, and it was “a rush of blood and a crime of passion”.

District Judge Liam McNally said “this was recklessness to the extreme where you let your passions get the better of you” and imposed a conditional discharge for two years.