Man damaged house in temper

A Tandragee man used a piece of wood to cause over £1,100 damage to property in the home of an ex-boyfriend of his cousin, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Jordan Godson, Market Street Court, Tandragee, admitted damaging two doors, two mirrors, a clock, a television set and two lights on March 2 this year.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that about 3am police received a report of an incident at the injured party’s house in Merrion Drive, Lurgan.

Godson, who was intoxicated, used a piece of wood to smash the front window and kicked the front door, damaging the lock.

Inside the house he began smashing property, including a flat screen televison, with the piece of wood.

When interviewed later Godson admitted breaking through the door in a temper because of an incident between his cousin and the injured party. The amount of the damage caused was £1,160.

A solicitor for the defendant said he had taken a lot of alcohol and that his cousin was very distressed about an incident involving her ex-boyfriend.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said Godson’s record was escalating and included disorderly behaviour and burglary for which he had received a combination order.

The solicitor added that her client lacked direction in his life but was trying to get some employment and had done an induction course with an offer of a job.

She said that Godson had given her £50 towards compensation and he accepted he had to make restitution.

Godson told the court he hoped to start work in two weeks.

Judge Bates said the case was beyond the custody threshold but he would defer sentence to see if compensation was available.

He adjourned the case until October 8 and warned the defendant he needed to have some money gathered towards compensation to avoid custody.