Belfast Telegraph

Apologetic man pays for vandalised defibrillator

By Alan Erwin

A 29-year-old man charged with criminal damage to a defibrillator outside an east Belfast funeral parlour has apologised in person, a court has heard.

Darren McBride's lawyer also revealed that he has made full repayment since the incident last month.

McBride, of Tillysburn Park in the city, is accused of intentionally damaging the equipment on the Woodstock Road on November 27.

The 24-hour public access defibrillator was vandalised just a week after it had been installed at Crymble Funeral Directors.

CCTV footage of the incident showed four men in the vicinity, with one seen smashing the glass protecting the device.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday, McBride spoke only to confirm he understood the charge.

His solicitor said: "I can say the defendant has contacted the injured party in this case to apologise personally and fully repaid the damage caused."

District Judge Oonagh Mullan adjourned proceedings for three weeks.

Belfast Telegraph

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