Woman suffers ‘terrifying experience’ after spotting midnight prowler in Ballymena

Ballymena Court

A JUDGE said he was sure a woman suffered a “terrifying experience” after spotting a Ballymena teenager with a crowbar prowling around a property in the run up to midnight.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking as Ballymena Magistrates Court  after being told Luke Herbison was seen “creeping low” near an address at the town’s Ballymoney Road on July 6 this year.

The woman knocked a window and Herbison – an 18-year-old with an address listed as Lettercreeve in Ballymena – fled.

A description was given to police and officers saw the defendant who was detained.

A pair of garden shears were found.

The defendant pleaded guilty and was in court for sentencing on charges including the attempted burglary of a flat and burglary of a shed at the address with intent to steal as well as possession of Diazepam.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said thankfully it was not believed Herbison actually made it into the dwelling.

At the time of the incident the defendant was going through “some emotional turmoil” and after taking prescription drugs and alcohol had absolutely no memory of what he had done.

Judge Broderick said that with domestic burglaries the courts will readily send people to prison but in Herbison’s case he was young and had a previously clear record.

He said it was a “serious offence” but he was putting the defendant on Probation for a year and ordering him to do 100 hours of Community Service.

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