Man who caused £1,000 worth of damage to electronic door at Ballymena hostel is given suspended jail term

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A MAN who caused £1,000 worth of damage to an electronic door at the Lighthouse Hostel in Ballymena has been given a four months jail term, suspended for two years.

Robert Alfred Alexander McMullan (30), whose address was given as the hostel, committed the criminal damage on November 2.

He also has to pay compensation of £250.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on November 5 the defendant damaged the door at 6.40pm on November 2 after being asked to leave and then returned twenty minutes later and caused further damage.

Defence solicitor Connel Trainor said there were electronics in the door.

The lawyer said his client had spent the weekend in custody.

Mr Trainor said McMullan had been living in Ballycastle but then couldn’t afford it as “Universal Credit hit him hard” and he had then been residing at the Ballymena hostel.

Mr Trainor said the defendant had drank too much on November 2 leading up to the incident.

He said his client will now have to ask the Housing Executive for help in getting accommodation.

District Judge Liam McNally handed down a suspended sentence and ordered him to pay £250 compensation and not the whole £1,000, in light of his income.

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