‘Petulant’ pensioner causes £500 worth of damage to plant pots

The incident happened at this shop.

A DRUNK pensioner pulled down a display stand causing plant pots to fall onto the ground outside a shop at a cost of £500, a court heard.

A defence barrister said James Cherry (68), of Crossreagh Drive in Antrim town, had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol before carrying out an act of “petulance” after alleging a request for a taxi to be called to get him home was declined.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court the defendant, who was using a walking stick, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to plant pots at a Spar shop at North Street in Ballycastle.

A prosecutor said police received a report that a “highly intoxicated” man had pulled down plant pots and walked off.

When interviewed the defendant said he had been very drunk and wished to apologise.

Cherry had initially told police he was an alcoholic and couldn’t recall his actions and could offer no explanation but regretted what he had done.

The defendant was given an 18 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 compensation.

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