Man committed ‘crime of passion’

Limavady Courthouse.
Limavady Courthouse.

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

Mark Alexander Kilpatrick, with an address at Crossnadonnell in the town, was sentenced at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

At midnight on December 27, 2014, the owner of a BMW heard thumps and bangs outside his home. When he looked out the window, the court heard he saw Kilpatrick walk away. The injured party called police, providing a description of Kilpatrick, and said damage to the vehicle included smashed lights and that wing mirrors had been knocked off. The court heard Kilpatrick told police: ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to have done”.

Due to his intoxicated state, the court heard Kilpatrick had to be interviewed the next day.

Damage was put at £3,054.62.

A defence solicitor said what happened was “most unfortunate”, and explained that 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 taken too much drink and had been on his way home. He said it was “very much a rush of blood” and “a crime of passion”.

District Judge Liam McNally said: “At the end of the day, this was recklessness to the extreme where you let your passions get the better of you”.

Judge McNally ordered Kilpatrick to pay compensation of £3,000. He noted Kilpatrick had an ordinarily clear record, and no offences of violence, and imposed a conditional discharge for two years.