Put fist through window when chipper was closed

A 26-year-old Limavady man put his fist through a window when he lost his temper after finding out a local chippy was closed.

John Alexander Whittaker Williams, with an address at The Mall in Limavady, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The court heard on January 4 at 3am, police attended a scene where a window - 8ft X 12ft - had been completely shattered at premises on Catherine Street, and would cost £600 to replace. The defendant was identified through CCTV and his home was searched and police found a green wallet in his home with cards and receipts in it, but no cash. Police spoke with the owner of the wallet who said they’d lost it on October 9, 2012. The injured party said there had been £50 in it.

The court heard on April 9, 2012 at a drop-in centre on the Ballyquin Road he entered as a trespasser with intent to steal and caused criminal damage. There was evidence the building was broken into. A wheelie bin had been found underneath a window and there was blood on glass. A sample was taken and it matched Whittaker Williams. In a subsequent interview, Whittaker Williams said he didn’t recall the incident as he had “been full”. However a DNA match was found to his. A defence solicitor told the court Whittaker Williams had committed a litany of bad behaviour on the two occasions, a catalogue of anti-social behaviour. He said he’d cut himself in a drunken attempt to get into the building. He said when his client found out the chippy was closed he lost his temper, and put his fist through the window.

Whittaker Williams was ordered to complete 100 hours community service, placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay compensation of £600 for the window at premises on Catherine Street and £192 for the damage at the hall.