Drunk man went on a wrecking spree with wood


A Tandragee man who went on a wrecking spree with a piece of wood inside a house was sentenced to 140 hours of community service last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Jordan Godson (20), Market Street Court, admitted unlawful damage to two doors, two mirrors, a clock, a television and two lights on March 2 last year.

Sentence had been deferred from a previous court to see how the defendant would behave and see if he could make restitution for the damage which amounted to £1,160.

A solicitor for Godson said he had not been working steadily in the deferment period but had managed to pay £250 to the solicitor’s office.

She added that the defendant had now stopped drinking and all his offences on his record were drink related.

The court heard that at 12.30am at Merrion Drive, Lurgan, the home of the injured party, Godson, who was intoxicated, used a piece of wood to attempt to break a front window.

He kicked in the front door, damaging the lock, and it was alleged he began smashing up the living room, damaging a television.

When interviewed by police Godson admitted he was intoxicated and committed the offence in a fit of temper after there had been an incident involving his cousin and the injured party.

Godson’s solicitor said he had completed community service in the past.

A prosecutor confirmed there had been no further offending by the defendant.

As well as the community service Godson was ordered to pay another £500 in compensation, in addition to the £250 he had already paid, for the damage he caused.