A MAN who put super glue in the lock of the front door of a house and later said “snitches get stitches” has been jailed for seven months.
Kelvin James Kane (24), with an address listed as Ramoan Gardens in Ballycastle, had also threatened that a car was “getting done”.
The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from prison and admitted a number of offences involving various dates.
The court was told that on July 31 this year the defendant caused criminal damage to a door lock and then made a threat to damage the woman’s car.
He also had an offensive weapon – a knuckle duster.
A prosecutor said the defendant was constantly biting his fingers during a police interview which was believed to have been because of the super glue.
Initially Kane had denied the offences and said neighbours didn’t like him and had “made up” the allegations.
Kane also admitted offences including driving while disqualified including in relation to incidents in the aftermath of a ‘hit and run’ crash between a vehicle and a bin lorry in Ballycastle last November which led to “substantial damage”.
A prosecutor said a Saab car emerged from a junction and collided with a Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council bin lorry and although the car driver made off the bumper was left behind.
Kane then came to the scene and confirmed ownership of the Saab but refuse workers confirmed he had not been the driver at the time of the collision.
Kane said he was there to pick up the bumper but refused to provide details of the earlier driver.
During an interview Kane told police another person had “stolen” his car and crashed it before he retrieved the car at a Eurospar with the keys in the ignition and he had driven to the collision scene to get the bumper.
In another incident last year Kane stole a £45 electric shaver from Tesco in Limavady which he hid in his “under clothing”.
A defence barrister said the defendant had a “long-standing history of drugs problems” but had spent two months in custody on remand and was now drug free.
As the defendant had been a disqualified driver it wasn’t “particularly wise” to drive to the scene of the bin lorry accident, the lawyer added.
As well as jailing Kane for seven months, District Judge Peter King also banned him from driving for two years along with a £150 fine.