A Ballymena teenager who upturned a mattress causing his granny, who had been watching TV, to fall off a bed has been ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work by a judge.
Aaron Kinney (18), whose address was given as Coleraine but who is originally from Ballymena, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from Hydebank.
He admitted offences including assault, assault on police and possession of drugs connected to incidents in the last three months.
The court heard his gran was not injured but was “shaken” by what happened.
It was said Kinney had been out drinking and was looking for a pair of jeans in the house.
On another occasion, police were contacted by a member of the public about Kinney lying on the ground in a car park at Ballymoney Road, Ballymena, and although he was breathing he was unresponsive.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant was a “troubled young man” and had been living with his grandmother. He added that the phrase “biting the hand that feeds you” came to mind.
The court heard the defendant had 17 entries on his record.
Ordering Kinney to do 80 hours of Community Service and also putting him on Probation for a year with a condition that he attends the ‘Thinking Skills’ programme and also addresses addiction issues, the judge told him: “This would have been a very distressing incident for your grandmother”.