A 21 year-old man who entered a bar in Magherafelt and assaulted a number of customers before throwing a pint glass at a wall, causing a mirror to smash, has been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.  

Declan Woods of Millview, Castledawson pleaded guilty to criminal damage and disorderly behaviour when he appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates Court today.

The court heard that on September 15 police were tasked to a bar on Rainey Street, Magherafelt following an altercation.

The defendant had entered the bar in a drunken state, and had assaulted a number of customers before lifting a pint glass and throwing it against a wall, smashing a mirror valued at £570, the court was told.

He was arrested and during interview he admitted, “When I drink I get into trouble. I was in bad temper and my behaviour was not good.”

Defence barrister, Liam McStay said: “The defendant has suffered a number of very difficult personal circumstances. However he has responded well to counselling over the past few weeks. I would be of the opinion to give him an opportunity to continue with counselling."

During sentencing District Judge Alan White said: “I am very reluctant to send someone to custody without giving them the opportunity of probation.”

In addition to 100 hours of community service, District Judge Alan White placed Woods on probation for 12 months and ordered him to pay £30 per month until total compensation for the mirror is paid.  

Judge White warned him: “Make sure you take the support that is available to help put this all behind you.” 

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