Man ‘deeply shameful’ - court told

Limavady Courthouse
Limavady Courthouse

A 55-year-old man who damaged his neighbour’s fence and shouted abuse at him has received a suspended jail sentence.

Anthony Terence Fleming from Roe Park Court was sentenced at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The court heard on March 18th, at 10.26pm police were called by the injured party reporting Fleming was at the rear of his property shouting “come on out you Orange b******”. The court heard Fleming damaged the fence and he was “extremely drunk”.

On March 22 at 2pm Fleming was reported to have returned to the back of the injured party’s property, kicking the gate and shouting abusive remarks. Police located Fleming at a nearby shop and, when he was told about the report made, he shouted loudly. He was subsequently arrested.

The court also heard on December 29, a man who was reading electricity meters had been assaulted by Fleming. The victim said he had walked to the rear of the property after no answer at the front door. He said Fleming told him ‘get to f*** you b******. You’ll not be reading my electricity meter”, and then he threw a long metal bar at him. The court heard the injured party was left shaken.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said the remarks Fleming made on March 18 had left the defendant “absolutely appalled”. He said the injured party was Fleming’s neighbour for a number of years and there was “no sectarian grievance here”, and Fleming was “deeply shameful that he would come out with something like that”.

District Judge Liam McNally told Fleming: “You’ve been here the best part of 35 to 40 years, and you’re still offending.”

For the criminal damage, disorderly behaviour, resisting police and assault on a male, Fleming was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for three years. Fleming must pay £102 compensation for the damage caused to the fence.