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Love split yob drove in rage across Northern Ireland school playground

By Nevin Farrell

A man who scratched the word 'Hoe' into the paintwork of a car belonging to his ex-partner also confronted her at a primary school before "flying" though a playground in his own vehicle.

Erral Shaw (40), of Knockhill Park, Ballymoney, committed the offences last year after splitting up with the woman, who is a teacher, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

A prosecutor said after the relationship ended Shaw visited his ex-partner's mother's house and shouted abuse, before scratching the insult onto the vehicle.

A few days later he went to the school where the victim worked. He was asked to leave but went "flying" through the playground and accelerated through the gate. He also sent the victim a number of text messages.

He pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour, criminal damage, driving without due care and attention and harassment.

Defence barrister Michael Smith said the break-up happened at a time when Shaw had received bad news about a family member and he had also been drinking alcohol excessively following the end of the relationship.

Mr Smith said scraping the word onto the car was "erratic and almost childish", and his client should not have gone to the school.

District Judge Amanda Brady put Shaw on probation for a year-and-a-half and fined him £100. He also has to pay £250 for the damage to the car and driving like he did "in the confines" of a primary school, she said she was imposing a six-month ban.

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