A Coleraine man who damaged flower baskets worth £138 belonging to Kennedy & Wolfenden Antiques in Portrush and also urinated against a wall has been given a three months prison term, suspended for two years.
Gareth McCloskey (32), of Rosemary Place in Coleraine, committed offences on July 28 this year.
He had been charged with disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and indecent behaviour.
A prosecutor told the December 3 sitting of Coleraine Magistrates Court police attended and the defendant was verbally abusive and when he declined to stop despite being warned he was arrested.
When interviewed later he apologised and offered to pay for the flower baskets.
The defendant said he couldn’t recall the incident as he was drunk.
Defence solicitor Sam Barr said although the defendant had a record, at that particular time his client was having relationship difficulties and “threw himself into alcohol”.
The offences were committed when the defendant was out with friends from work and when he saw the CCTV pictures he was appalled by his behaviour and was “deeply ashamed”.
District Judge Peter King told the defendant: “I don’t know what was going on in your life back in the summer but in the middle of November you got a very good job”.