Suspended sentence for causing damage

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

A teenager who kicked a passing car, causing almost £300 worth of damage, has received a suspended sentence.

David Morrison, of Ballycanice Close, Eglinton, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, disorderly behaviour and resisting police in December, last year.

The 18-year-old also admitted disorderly behaviour, resisting and obstructing police in relation to an incident in Limavady on June 1.

Derry Magistrates Court heard Morrison was standing in the middle of Carlisle Road in the early hours of the morning when he kicked out at two passing cars.

It was revealed that £264 worth of damage was caused to one of the vehicles.

Police approached Morrison and he was aggressive and refused to provide his details. The teen was arrested and threatened violence towards police and custody staff.

In June, police were called to a nightclub in Limavady because a drunk man was causing a disturbance.

The 18-year-old was arrested, gave false details to police and told the officers ‘you are nothing but smelly black b*******’.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said his client has a history of alcohol misuse but he has managed to abstain since June.

He added that Morrison is ‘making real efforts to get on with his life’ and has started a training course.

Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare suspended a six month jail term for two years, ordered the teen to pay £364 compensation and to complete 100 hours community service.

He said this would allow him to ‘give something back’.