A judge ordered a man to do unpaid labour after taking up a recommendation from the defendant’s grandfather who said “a bit of work” might help his grandson maintain focus.
District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court regarding Kurt Graham (20), whose address was given as Holland Park, Ballymena.
Graham pleaded guilty to being disorderly at Leighinmohr Avenue in the town and causing criminal damage to an electronic tag in April this year.
Defence solicitor Connel Trainor said it was a guilty plea at the first opportunity.
At court Judge Broderick read a letter from Graham’s grandfather.
Judge Broderick told the court: “His grandfather says a bit of work might help to maintain focus”.
The judge said it was a “very helpful letter”.
Ordering the defendant to do 100 hours of unpaid work, Judge Broderick told the defendant: “Let’s put your talents to good use”.