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Drunken vandal given jail warning by judge

By Alan Erwin

A man who damaged 18 different cars is a drink-fuelled vandalism spree has been handed a maximum community service sentence.

Jason Johnston (22) was warned he could be sent to jail if he doesn't complete the 240 hours imposed for the early morning rampage in north Belfast. Wing mirrors were kicked off as the vehicles were attacked in the Ballygomartin Road area on April 13.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard the total cost of repairs ran to more than £3,500.

Johnston, of Black Mountain Park in the city, admitted 18 counts of causing criminal damage. A judge was told his drink may have been spiked before the episode.

Defence solicitor Jim Hillis described his client's behaviour as "completely uncharacteristic".

District Judge Amanda Henderson accepted that ordering the defendant to pay for the repairs was unrealistic.

She confirmed: "I'm going to make a community service order and, because of the amount of damage, it's going to be for the maximum 240 hours."

Judge Henderson stressed that any failure to complete the sentence could result in a prison sentence being imposed.

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