Masked man broke window at home of ‘former pub landlord’ in Ballymena

Ballymena Court

A MAN who was masked when he broke a window at the home of a ‘former pub landlord’ on July 11 last year following a “fall out” has been given a suspended jail term and warned by a judge not to take the law into his own hands.

Jonathan Reeves (51), of Coronation Crescent, Clough, had gone to a house in Ballymena in the early hours of July 11 last year and CCTV showed a masked person throwing several stones.

The defendant was at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for sentencing in relation to a criminal damage charge and was given a five months jail term, suspended for three years.

He also had to pay compensation of £556 for the window and he was made the subject of a two year long Restraining Order which excludes him from going within 100 metres of an address in Ballymena.

In relation to July 11 last year police received a report at 2.50am regarding damage and the complainant believed Reeves, who had previously carried out a similar attack, was responsible.

Police later spoke to Reeves and it was established he had got a taxi to and from Ballymena.

A defence barrister told the court the matter “is now resolved”.

The lawyer admitted an aggravating feature was that it was the second such incident.

The barrister said the man whose home was attacked “used to be a landlord of a local pub”.

The lawyer told the court there had been a “fall out” which “has now been resolved”.

He said Reeves is “steering clear of drink”.

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