Man smashed Buddha statue in 4am rampage outside property

A man who smashed a Buddha statue and caused damage to a car and garden furniture during a 4am rampage outside a property has been ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work and was put on Probation for a year.

James Cormac Begley (35), a forklift driver with an address listed as Bleerick Drive in Antrim, also has to pay compensation of £380.

The defendant previously pleaded guilty and was back at Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday for sentencing on two charges of criminal damage relating to February 23 this year.

A prosecutor said police attended an address following a report of a domestic incident and spoke to a woman who was upset.

The woman said her ex-partner Begley had been banging on a door shouting.

The woman’s teenage daughter witnessed the incident, the court heard.

A Buddha garden ornament was smashed on the ground and damage was also caused damage to a table and a Vauxhall Astra.

During a police interview the defendant said the table had already been broken and the Buddha statue was due to have been thrown out.

Defence barrister Amy Campbell said the defendant was “very regretful” for what happened.

She said her client’s instructions were that the two parties had been drinking and an argument erupted.

The court heard the relationship had ended.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said any incident with “domestic overtones” was a matter of concern to courts.

He said it would have been frightening for the child present or anyone else especially given the early hour and the damage which was caused.

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